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Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu I Biography

Wed, May 7, 2008

Elders, Traditional Afrikan

Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu I Biography

In 1965, the late Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu I (born Gus Edwards), went to the Akonedi Shrine in Ghana and determined his cultural and spiritual lineage to be Akan. While there he initiation was recommended through divination and he submitted. He received and transported for the sake of opening a temple in the U.S. the shrines of Nana Asuo Gyebi, Esi Ketewaa and Adade Kofi. In 1967, he established the first Akom in American, Bosum Dzemawodzi. It is located in New York, but has gone on to expand into the D.C/Maryland area and has excellent relations with other Akan temples that share common lineage in Africa.

Prior to his passing Nana Dinizulu was named Omanhene and Okomfohene of Akans in America, recognizing his role in introducing Akan spirituality to the U.S.

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Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu I & Akonedi Shrine in Ghana

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