Michael Jackson in his enstoolment as "Prince Amalaman Anoh" of Anyi kingdom of Krindjabo,Ivory Coast. Circa 1992.
ANYI PEOPLE: AN AKAN ETHNIC GROUP IN IVORY COAST THAT MAKE KINGS OUT OF AFRICAN`S IN DIASPORA
The Anyi or Agni (also known as Ton or Kotoko) Kwa-speaking sub-group of Akan people living in Cote d`Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and Ghana.
They are concentrated in Southeastern Ivory coast- especially east of Camoe River in Dimokro, Aboisso, Abengourou, and Dondoukou district of Bongfouanou department- and across the border in southeastern Ghana. The Anyi are closely related to the baoule people of Ivory Coast.
The Anyi people attracted international attention when they crowned Michael Jackson as a prince of the Anyi people on a visit to the country in 1992. He was under stool name "Amalaman Anoh" of Anyi Krindjabo Kingdom.
The town of Sanwi mourned Jackson on his death on 25 June and gave him ceremonial burial of a prince in abstantia. Rev Jess Jackson, American Civil Right activist has been installed as Michael Jackson`s successor.
Reverend Jesse Jackson was recently installed as replacement to prince Michael Jackson by the Anyi people in Krindjabo royal village, eleven (11) kilometers Aboisso in southeastern Ivory Coast amidst pomp and pageantry. He first made blessings for the repose of the soul of Michael Jackson. "I pray for the musical legacy of Michael Jackson. May his soul rest in peace. I belong to the same family, "said the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Rev. Jesse Jackson is "prince Aka Essouin", named after a great warrior of the past by the Anyi people of the Ivorian town Krindjabo, August 12, 2009.
The Anyi people are a subgroup of the Akan, originally from Ghana, who fled the from the Ashanti tribe to their current location in present day Ivory Coast between the 16th and 18th centuries.
They established the Kingdoms of Indene, Sanwi, and Moronou, it should be noted that another group of Anyis went further west than their companions and are today known as the Baoulé.
Today the Anyis live mainly in the area once known as the Kingdoms of Sanwi and Indene. They also inhabit Zanzan in Ivory Coast and there are small populations in Ghana.
BY: Kweku Darko Ankrah