Jimmy Moxon is one of the few white chiefs in Africa recognized by a government. On September 13, 1963, Ghana’s official newspaper announced the investiture of Nana Kofi Obonya (literally, “the chief born on Friday, who lives at the bottom of the cliff”). Jimmy Moxon was twenty years old and just out of Cambridge University when World War II broke out. He became an administrative colonel on the Gold Coast. In 1957, when Ghana became the first African country to achieve independence, he was reluctant to leave. The king of Aburi offered to make him a noble. The “white nana” carries out his functions seriously and respectfully; he settles disputes, sits on the royal council, and coaches a soccer team. People must bow to him. He is the only white person in Africa who is borne on a processional litter. It has become a trend among some African kings in Ghana and Nigeria to have a “white chief,” who is not involved in quarrels among Africans . The investiture ceremony costs between twenty-five hundred and seventy-five hundred dollars. We have found about twenty “white chiefs,” most of whom reside in Nigeria, including a French cultural attache and a number of businessmen who take advantage of opportunities offered by traditional chieftaincy to boost their profits.
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