Nii Adjei Oninku was born on the 8th April 1910 to Nii Kwao Odonkor of Nii Adjetey Ashaley Obour We and Naa Adjorkor Kraku of KrakuWe Royal House(Koklotsɛ We). He was known in private life as Nii Adjei Odonkor.
As a boy,Adjei Odonkor pursued his father’s vocation namely fishing. He later moved to stay with his uncle Nii Tetteh Kraku at La where he underwent apprenticeshipas an auto-Mechanic…In the year 1939 he was employed as an auto-mechanic by the Public Works Department in Accra…Having distinguished himself as a very diligent worker, Nii Adjei Odonkor was raised to the grade of Mechanical Foreman in 1942.
His was transferred to Takoradi and his duties took him to many other regions like the Central, Northern and Upper regions of Ghana.
As a direct descendant of Nii Adjetey Ashaley II of the Obuor We royal family, Nii Adjei Oninku was enstooled as Tema Mantse in 1959 as succession of Nii Adjetey Ansah II of Nii Ansah Basao We.
Nii Adjei Oninku II’s achievements were remarkable as a chief.
His aim was to improve the living conditions of his subjects. It was indeed through his influence that the Tema Manhean was provided with such facilities like street lights, tarring of roads and construction of drains and culverts just to name a few. He also made all strides to bring peace and stability among his subjects and the people of Tema
On the national scene Nii Adjei Oninku II played a fitting role as the “Father” of the “Industrial Centre” of this country by chairing very admirable a host of public functions in Tema and he was the patron of Dumas Football club of GTP
Though dead,Nii Adjei Oninku will for many years be remembered by his uprightness, modesty and great sense of humour. Nii Adjei Oninku left behind 7 wives and 21 children and an entire community….
Tɛma Kpeshi Adoma!
Ekɛ la buleee ehe, ni ekɛ la edwuraaa!
Oshɔ okropɔŋ ŋa yɛ edɛŋ kɛ abɛku!
Katamanso Bɛrima! Osɛi Suro wu!
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