‘Who is Ofarnyi (fisherman) Kwegya?”
- Ghana’s Celebrated Fisherman
- Ofarnyi Kwegya’s statue was unveiled in Winneba.
Who is Ofarnyi (fisherman) Kwegya?
Ofarnyi Kwegya was part of Asebu Amanfi (the strongest man ever to have lived in the ancient days) and the group of people that arrived from Ancient Egypt to present day Asebu town in the Central Region of Ghana.
Asebu Amanfi and Ofarnyi Kwegya were both giants according to oral traditional history. Asebu Amanfi on his arrival moved inland and founded Asebu township.
Ofarnyi Kwegya was a master fisherman who settled on the coast due to the abundance of Mɔrolɛ (Stingray) in the rivers, henceforth the name Mɔrolɛ or Moree. Another name for Moree is Kwegyakrom.
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Ofarnyi Kwegya was a master fisherman who was able to capture huge number of fish due to his size. His fishing activities took him and his men to several parts of the coast of present day Central Region.
He settled in Moree, Winneba and other parts of the coast due to his fishing activities.
Simpa, which is translated as Winneba was founded by Efutu settlers under the leader Osimpa, hence the name Simpa. Winneba was founded by fishermen settlers from Oguaa. Ancient Efutu fishermen from Oguaa used Winneba as their place of rest before they continue their journey in search for fish.
The late Ofarnyi Kwegya was the greatest fisherman ever to have lived in Ghana. After his death, no fisherman has been able to equal his achievements.