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‘Coming to America’: New York taxi driver leads secret double life as Ghanian tribal chief after his

older brother died leaving him a THRONE… and travels back and forth to rule over FIVE towns

  • Isaac Osei leads a double life as a yellow cab driver in New York and a tribe chief in his native country Ghana
  • Inherited throne and title from his brother in 2006 after he died in unknown circumstances
  • Has drawn comparisons with Hollywood classic Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy as Prince
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  • Like the film, Mr Osei found his Queen after arriving in America in 1977 and driving taxis from 1982
  • Now runs his own taxi empire in Manhattan Napasei Taxi Management Corporation with his wife

Like a real life version of the Hollywood classic – Coming to America – a Ghanaian taxi driver in New York is leading a double life as a tribal chief in his native country.

This amazing double life Isaac Osei began when he inherited a throne in Ghana after his brother died in 2006.

Mr Osei and his wife Elizabeth own a taxi company in Manhattan, but travel back and forth to Ghana so he can take care of his responsibilities as chief.

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Taxi driver: Isaac Osei moved to America from Ghana in 1977 and started driving yellow cabs in 1982.

Taxi driver: Isaac Osei moved to America from Ghana in 1977 and started driving yellow cabs in 1982.

New York: Every day the couple travel from their home in New Jersey to manage taxis, which are dispatched all over New York City.

American empire: Mr and Mrs Osei have built a taxi fleet from scratch in America called Napasei Taxi Management Corporation.

American empire: Mr and Mrs Osei have built a taxi fleet from scratch in America called Napasei Taxi Management Corporation.

Responsibility: Isaac and his wife Elizabeth oversee their taxi company in Manhattan, but travel back and forth to Ghana so Isaac can take care of his responsibilities as chief.

Responsibility: Isaac and his wife Elizabeth oversee their taxi company in Manhattan, but travel back and forth to Ghana so Isaac can take care of his responsibilities as chief.

 

Double life: Mr Osei inherited the throne in Ghana after his brother died from unknown causes in 2006.

 

As chief of the Akwamu people, Mr Osei oversees five towns in Ghana – settling family and property disputes and acting as a judge for his people.

But back in America, Mr Osei leads a less glamorous lifestyle – one without palaces and crowds of people following him everywhere.

Mr Osei said: ‘I never thought I would become a chief, until my brother passed. After his death the family told me I had to succeed him.

‘I prefer to be in Ghana, people come to me and treat me with respect.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2563889/Coming-America-New-York-taxi-driver-leads-secret-double-life-Ghanian-tribal-chief-older-brother-died-leaving-THRONE-travels-rule-FIVE-towns.html#ixzz3IFd1GkxY

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