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Claiming a rejected child in Peki Tradition

When prevalent challenges either negative or positive compel a man from not taking up responsibility for a pregnancy and could not claim a child at birth , that child is recognized as *asike vi* . The singular act of dodging responsibility constitute a grievous offence under Peki tradition , Customary Practice and usage. That unfortunate child is tagged *asikevi* (bastard). Pekis observed patrilineal inheritance. In effect the man have succeeded in placing the future of the asikevi in an unpleasant situation. The man have denied the child all semblance of respect and reduced him to public ridicule If at a future date the man decided to correct the wrong he is obliged to perform certain rites. If the woman fortunately is married then the issue of bride price cannot in the least be thought of. You cannot present drinks for a married woman. If the woman is single and is not interested in marrying you , presentation of itemized things things under Pekis Customary marriage cannot apply. In this case , the man is compelled to provide a ram ,a pot of palm wine and two bottles of Castle Bridge Gin. Inclusive is a determined fee of. *vi dzi kpor ga* and *akpeda ga*. For cleansing the dirt off the child involved, the gathered elders can impose a fine of one ram ,a pot of palm wine and two bottles of Castle Bridge Gin. The assembled elders can also demand another ram and it's accompanying drinks as *kwasia bor*. If the child in the center of things have grown into an adult, then the *DIRT / STIGMA* must be done away with through a feast *dzidzor dodo de ame nu* . The aunties are obliged to see to *bokyire borbor rites*. All is scheme into pacifying the *kra* of the unfortunate child who through no fault of his/her has been stigmatized and who is now being purged of the associated stigma of *asike vi*. On this joyous occasion an elder is required to offer libation to the gods. The elder asks for divine protection , good health, wealth and banishes evil and any type of misfortune from the life of the child who has now gained recognition from his biological father and family. *Togbe Appiah Kwadzo VI*

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