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The History Behind the Name ‘Komenda’


Komenda is one of the ancient towns in Ghana. History has it that the hero of the town was called KOMEH.

Komeh was a great and fearful hunter. Straight from Techiman through Mankessim he and his people arrived at Eguafo and proceeded to Kanka, now Dutch Komenda.

History tell us that Dutch Komenda, was a very small town as at today with some settlers.

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When Komeh arrived at kanka, he asked the elders of the land for a place to settle.

There was no place for Komeh and his people to settle so they told him there is a beast in the deep forest that devour their people any day, so if Komeh can kill the beast and settle there, that portion of the land will be his FOREVER.

The elders were then thinking the beast will kill Komeh.

The great and fearful Komeh went into the agreement with the elders of Kanka (Dutch Komenda).

He went into the deep forest and killed the beast and showed the body of the beast to the elders and they gave the entire land to Komeh .

To this day, the people of Dutch Komenda don’t understand why their forefathers did such a mistake by giving the land(Komenda) to Komeh and his people.

Komeh and his people kept fighting beast for survival until they settled finally. He drew the beasts on an animal skin as evidence of the agreement between him and the elders of Dutch Komenda.

The news about great and fearful Komeh’s adventure spread quickly in the surrounding villages and town just like the Israelite, every town and village were afraid of Komeh and his people.

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Whenever someone is sent on an errand to Komeh Krom He will be told ” Kɔ ma nda” which is translated “if you go don’t sleep” because of great and fearful Komeh.

This then became the slogan “kɔ ma nda” therefore the name Komenda which simply means “if you go to Komeh Krom don’t sleep”

As at today, there is a statue of Komeh with the head of the beast he killed just before the palace of Komenda.

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