Asantehene climaxes Silver Jubilee anniversary

 Asantehene climaxes Silver Jubilee anniversary

Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II on the Golden Stool

Scores of people from all walks of life flocked the Dwabrem durbar ground of the Manhyia Palace as the 25th anniver­sary of the reign of the Asantehene, Otum­fuo Osei Tutu II came to a climax.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his Vice, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia and wife Samira were among the top dignitaries that graced the occasion which coincided with the third Akwasidae festival on the Akan calendar.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia at the durbar ground
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia at the durbar ground

Also in attendance were former President, John Agyekum Kufour and Dr. Keith Christo­pher Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago who was the Special Guest of Honour plus a retinue of chiefs that paid homage to the Asantehene.

On full display were the rich cultures and traditions of the visiting chiefs that thrilled guests with their entries spiced with cultural dances and songs.

Lady Julia dressed resplendently in Kente
Lady Julia dressed resplendently in Kente

There were delegations from La Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Togo and Morocco.

Political parties were also represented.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu was born on May 6, 1950 and was the youngest of five children of the late queen mother of Asantemhemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.

He was known in private life as Barima Kwaku Duah; he ascended the Golden Stool, the symbol of the spiritual power of the Asante Kingdom as the 16th Asantehene in direct succession to Opemsuo, Osei Tutu, the founder of the Asanteman, on April 26, 1999.

President Nana Akufo-Addo commended the Asantehene for his exemplary leader­ship.

The Asantehene called on the political par­ties and Ghanaians in general to be alert and not take anything for granted as the country geared up for another elections.

 From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi

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