The Bekwaihene, Nana Osei Kwadwo Ababio, was last week Monday sworn in as a new member of the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs.

His membership comes a year and two months after his historical reinstatement as the Omanhene of the Bekwai Traditional Area.

In May last year, Nana Osei Kwadwo II swore the oath of allegiance to the Asantehene,

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to ascend the Oyoko Ayeboafo Stool of Bekwai to become the Omanhene of the Bekwai Traditional Area, 26 years after his wrongful destoolment in 1991, following a chieftaincy dispute in 1990, when two kingmakers of the area accused Nana Osei Kwadwo of illegally collecting tolls from settler cocoa farmers.

His reinstatement followed the demise of Nana Karikari Appau II on February 28, 2016, after a short illness.

Nana Osei Kwadwo II was the Omanhene of Bekwai for 26 years under Otumfuo Osei Agyemang Prempeh and Otumfuo Opoku Ware II.