Torgbui Afede XIV I greet you.
It is not in my capacity to advise the sage but I have just come to alert the wise king about a matter which when considered would help Hearts of Oak.
You are a king and kingdoms and chieftain recognize spiritualism and ancestry.
Without a dictionary definition, I would say spiritualism is the act of believing in what you believe in regardless of religious sect.
Muslims believe in Allah and they offer sacrifices based on the tenets of the Holy Quran and that is spiritualism.
Muslims have not seen Allah before but believe the Supreme Being exists.
Christians go to church on Sundays and give offering according to the teachings of the Bible.
Christians have never seen God before yet believe and give in His name regardless of where the offertory goes.
The traditionalists believe in the existence of their deities and ancestors and in effect pour libation to pacify the gods and ancestors.
Basically these are the three religions we have in Ghana and they all believe in a(n) “Allah,God,deity/god”.
Accra Hearts of Oak is a cosmopolitan club or better still a family and cannot be said not to have been built on the tenets of these three religions.
Besides, there are people from all walks of life and religion playing for the club and Hearts of Oak are noted for paying homage in all the three religious sects(Mosque, Church, traditional home) prior to league and continental games.
However, the Hearts of Oak seems to want to neglect its traditional home(The Nettey family) where the umbilical cord of the club is tied to.
Watching a grandson of the Nettey family narrate how the club has neglected the traditional home on UNTOLD STORIES, it goes to confirm the fact that Hearts of Oak are “spiritually reduced”.
The club’s “spiritual reduction” comes about because there is a break in chain among the three religions, Islam, Christianity and the traditional religion.
Besides, Torgbui Afede XIV, before taking majority share in the club, these rituals were performed but it looks like under your reign, the latter has been neglected which is sad.
Let’s not forget, Hearts of Oak was formed in the Nettey family by 11 people including the late senior Nettey and we can’t run away from that fact.
We, especially the Muslims and Christians have often abhorred the traditional practices because we feel it is an evil act.
We might feel so but it is a matter of doing what “Romans do when in Rome”.
Football fans will remember in 2018 when Leicester City lost their Billionaire owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabhato a helicopter crash; all players, regardless religious affiliation visited a “BUDDHIST SHRINE” in Bangkok, Thailand to pay their last respect to the departed club owner.
In the 2015-16 Leicester City Premier League season, The Thai owner flew several monks from the Golden Buddha temple to England to bless the team, the King Power stadium in Leicester, and also to lead spiritual sessions for the players.
Why didn’t the non-Christians say, Buddhism was not part of them so will not receive the monk’s blessings or visit the temple to pay their last respect to their departed leader then?
No one can say that spiritualism does not work in the lives of men on earth.
So why then will Accra Hearts of Oak want to sort of relegate the third sect which happens to be what birthed the club?
Torgbui, you might not pay attention or not be aware but I believe people you have appointed should make it a point to revive the visitation of the spiritual home prior to games.
Torgbui, you have started restructuring the club with the appointment of coach Samuel Boadu and other members of the technical team.
I guess it is also proper to turn an eye to the club’s spiritual or ancestral home.