For most people, the Messiah prophesised about in the Old Testament that He will come in the last days, is yet to come but this is all set to change with the emergence of Nyame Osomafo Yaw, Founder of the ‘Religion of Peace and Exaltation (Asomdwee Ntonton Som in Akan-Fante language), believed to be the greatest Messenger of The Most High God in the world after Yesuoah (Jesus Christ) and the Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W.).
Nyame Osomafo Yaw who believes he is the Messiah (Elijah to come for the whole world) prophesised about in both the Bible and the Hadiths many years ago has said, he existed before Jesus Christ and Mohammed. He has also prophesised that another Elijah will come after he is gone and he will see the end of the world.
The new Ghanaian indigenous religion which is gradually gaining grounds in the country, particularly at Ankamu-Apam in the Central Region is non-denominational as it brings Christians, Muslims and Traditionalists alike under one umbrella to worship “The Most High God” known as “RABBI”. To them, “RABBI” is the “Supreme Being” and the “Master of Judgement” of the ‘Religion of Peace and Exaltation’.
The religion, which started about three years ago, has rapidly grown with about 12,000 active members, with over 8,000 persons baptised so far and has hosted visitors from countries across the Africa Continent. It is led by Onyame Somafo Yaw, believed to be the ‘Promised Messiah’ who traces his Akan lineage to ancient Israel.
Just as followers of Christ and Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W.) go on pilgrimage to Israel and Mecca respectively, followers of Onyame Somafo Yaw also go on a pilgrimage of some sort at their “Holy Grounds” to observe a seven-day ‘RABBI Programme’. The one week non-denominational event held every four months, has participants going round the Third Temple of God (RABBI) situated at an area of about 100 metres square, nine times every night remembering God for forgiveness of their sins, prosperity, long life and development among other things whilst clothed from head to toe in white garments.
On ATV News’ visit to the area, scores of pilgrims from all walks of life had converged at the grounds at Apam for this year’s ”Rabbi Programme” where no one is allowed to put on footwear when entering. Men, women and children come neatly dressed with the women covering their heads with a veil.
The spiritual leader of “Asomdwee Ntonton Som” told the news team that the purpose of the pilgrimage which is the third of its kind after Israel and Mecca, is to allow followers of his religion go round the Holy Temple (RABBI) for seven days nine times in a day “to enable Ghanaians to come out from the “satanic bondage.”
Onyame Somafo Yaw who speaks only the Akan-Fante language as prescribed by his religion, argues that Ghanaians have since ancient times being living in spiritual bondage and that the situation has not changed, especially, as he says some so-called Ghanaian Christian and Muslim clerics continue to visit countries like India and China for “evil powers.”
Onyame Somafo Yaw, born at Ekumfi Dunkwa, a small town near Mankessim in the Central Region on February 28, 1952, prides himself as the founder of the first-ever African indigenous religion that has the power to bring Muslims, Christians and Traditionalists under one roof to worship “God”.
He spoke of plans to propagate the “Asomdwee Ntonton Som” faith to other parts of the country, Africa and the world at large; assuring that the religion would continue to live on even when he’s departed from the world of the living, adding that, the “Asomdwee Ntonton Som” will be greater than Christianity and Islam.