Nana Kofi Asinor Boakye, Okomfo Panyin of the Bosum Dzemawodzi & the Akonnedi Shrine in America
In 1967, the late Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu I established the Bosum Dzemawodzi, a religious and cultural organization based on the traditions of the Akan people of West Africa. Nana Dinizulu I explained the mission of the Bosum Dzemawodzi in his book, Nana Says:
“We study and disseminate the indigenous religion and philosophy of the Akans and seek to further other religious and charitable work. Foremost, we teach and promote the ideal of one Supreme Being who rules the universe and who manifests Himself through great souls and various forces of nature."
In 1971, Nana Dinizulu I established the first temple for traditional African worship in the Washington, DC area. At that time, Nana Yao Odum Opare and Okomfo Aba Nsia Opare were charged with the care and maintenance of the temple. Nana Kwabena Brown was appointed Okyeame and Nana Kofi Asinor Boakye was given the post of Obrafo.
Nana Dinizulu I was succeeded by his son, Nana Yao Kimati Opare Dinizulu, as Omanhene of the Akan in America and Osofo of the Akonnedi Shrine in America in 1992. In 1996, the Omanhene directed Nana Kofi Asinor Boakye and Nana Yaa Nkromah Densua to establish a temple in the state of Maryland. They were both trained and graduated by Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu I. Nana Boakye is the senior Okomfo to the Obosum, Nana Obo Kwesi. The late Nana Densua was Okomfo for Nana Asuo Gyebi. The priests of the Bosum Dzemawodzi are available to perform all traditional rites of passage, including naming ceremonies, marriages, puberty rites and funerals; and for spiritual consultation.
Nana Yao Kimati Opare Dinizulu joined the Ancestors July 7, 2013. His children Oheneba Nana Akua Oparebea Dinizulu and Oheneba Kwabena Dinizulu are continuing the Dinizulu legacy. Nana Yaa Nkromah Densua has also joined the Ancestral realm.