The Coat of Arms of St. John Lewis Classpeter, Tudwono and Kronkorhene
 


 

In 1999, artist and engraver Lothar Hermann, based in Bietigheim-Bissingen, designed this coat of arms according to old European laws of heraldry for St. John Lewis Classpeter, whose traditional title is Nana Brewuo III, Kronkorhene of Konongo and Asantehene’s Tudwono.

The shield is shaped like old Asante war shields, and the cape is rendered in their traditional colors. The ceremonial sword is the mark of a warrior caste; the horn affixed to the top indicates a high rank within this caste. The umbrella is a status symbol and was also kept in the traditional colors. The individual marks of St. John Lewis Classpeter are shown in the three sections of the shield. The three cannonballs are cherished in Konongo, a city near Kumasi, in memory of a late 19th-century military conflict with the English. The golden scissors placed against a black backdrop are the symbol of the Tudwono, the protector, who uses them every two years to ritually cut the Asante’s hair. They are a mark of the high social status that in the traditional lineage hierarchically refers to the next level below the king – currently, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. Today, these old structures are no longer of great importance in a democratically orientated state. It should, however, be noted that according to matrilineal inheritance, Mr. Classpeter is the protector of Kofi Annan.

Last but not least, the antler is the symbol of Württemberg: St. John Lewis Classpeter has lived in Stuttgart since 1979 with his wife Martina, a high-ranking native, and their daughter. He is, truly, an Afroswabian.

 
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