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How Chromolaena Odorata leaves was named after Ghana’s General Kutu Acheampong

Chromolaena odorata is a tropical and subtropical species of flowering shrub in the family Asteraceae. It is native to the Americas, from Florida and Texas in the United States south through Mexico and the Caribbean to South America. It has been introduced to tropical Asia, West Africa, and parts of Australia.

There has never been an explanation as to why Chromolaena Odorata was named after Ghana’s former Military Leader, Ignatius Kutu Acheampong who ruled from 13th January 1972 to 5th July 1978, when he was deposed in a palace coup and subsequently executed by firing squad on 16th June 1979.

In Ghana,  Chromolaena odorata (Acheampong leaves) is used as a first aid to control bleeding  which is a very common practice in rural areas.

The efficacy of these abundant tropical leaves has not been thoroughly assessed though it is used for diverse interventions.

The Nephew of the former Head of State Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, Mr Augustine Barfour Gyawu has disclosed that Chromolaena odorata (Acheampong leaves) can be used to preserve dead bodies without one having to go to the mortuary.

Giving a history of how his deceased relation was named after the leaves, he said  “In the olden days when there was no mortuary to preserve dead bodies, they use of Chromolaena odorata (Acheampong leaves) to preserve dead bodies which proved to be potent.

“When someone dies, the family will go for Chromolaena odorata (Acheampong leaves) to preserve the body for about a week and because of the Chromolaena odorata (Acheampong leaves), the body will be fresh for burial without going bad” Mr Barfour Gyawu explained.

“The weed was named Acheampong leaves because when General Kutu Acheampong started ‘Operation Feed Yourself’ policy.  The leaves sprang up after some forests were cleared for farming for farming activities and farmers named it after the former Head of State”, he revealed

“Ambassador, you know that in this country, anything that shows up in the era of any President will be named after the person t like how cooking oil gallon was named Kufuor gallon” he explained.

Speaking in an interview with AMBASSADOR TV monitored by, Mr Baffour Gyawu explained that “When the leaves invaded the country in the 70s, it spread so fast and because it was something new in the country and was discovered when Ignatius Kutu Acheampong was a President, the leaves was named after him”

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