This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the great King of Asante, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. There has been many activities to mark the celebration which included drumming and dancing, displays of rich Ashanti culture and tradition coupled with rituals in recent weeks.
Flags and buntings in Asanteman colours of yellow, black and green adore the premises of the Manhyia Palace and other parts of the city.
The grand commemoration took place on the 21st of April 2019, at the Dwabirem of the Manhyia Palace. This was the grand durbar of the Akwasidaekese. Dignitaries like Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the first lady Rebecca Akufo Addo, the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the 2nd Lady Samira Bawumia, Michael Ashwin Satyandre Adhin the vice president of Suriname , Torgbui Sri, the Awomefia of the Anlo state and Yaa Naa Abukari Mahama II were in attendance. Other eminent dignitaries included former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President Kuffour, former President John Dramani Mahama, Former 1st Lady Nana Konadu Agyemen Rawlings and other notable personalities.
The occasion was a high point of the anniversary and thousands of Asantes, other tribes from Ghana and well-wishers from across the world graced the occasion at Manhyia Palace for the event and shared the joy and glory of the anniversary.
The Great King, in all his royalty and elegance, was in a palanquin from the Palace to Dwabrem amidst the firing of muskets at Manhyia Palace.
Other eminent chiefs and fetish priests who pay allegiance to the Asante Kingdom were present with drumming and dancing also displayed at the durbar.
The historic Golden Stool as a symbol of power of the Asante Kingdom which is made of solid gold fitted with precious beads and traditional amulets was brought into public view on the special memorable occasion.
Cultural displays from various groups showcased the richness of Asante culture and tradition.
The three month long 20th anniversary celebration will climax on May 12, with a golf competition at the royal golf club in Kumasi, Other Various activities Scheduled and released by Manhyia Palace included the following
- Clean up exercises at all the traditional areas in the Asante Kingdom, from March 9, 2019.
- unveiling of Otumfuo’s statue at Kejetia, the Asantehene breaking the ground for the Second Phase of Kumasi Central Market Redevelopment Project.
- Asanteman Queenmothers’ Day, community health screening and the paying of homage (Esomkesse), where some chiefs would present the customary gifts to the Asantehene
- Number of traditional rituals and performances spanning the entire duration of the anniversary, some of which are open to the general public, while others are strictly private.
- To provides a platform for Asantes to pledge allegiance to the kingdom and to affirm loyalty to the occupant of the Golden Stool
- Thanksgiving Service at the St. Cyprian Anglican Cathedral on Otumfuo’s 69th Birthday on May 6
Osei Tutu II (born 6 May 1950) named Nana Barima Kwaku Duah is the 16th Asantehene, traditional ruler of the Kingdom of Ashanti in Ghana since 26 April 1999. By name, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is in direct succession to the founder of the Empire of Ashanti, Otumfuo Osei Tutu I. He is also the Grand Patron of the Grand Lodge of Ghana.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II ascended to the great Asante Throne After the death of the previous Asante King, Opoku Ware II.
April 26, 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of the coronation of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II as the 16th occupant of the Golden Stool and sovereign ruler of Asanteman (the Ashanti Kingdom). He was enstooled on April 26, 1999 at the age of 49 years. On that faithful day At Dwabrem, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II held the “Mponponsuo” (state sword) in his right hand, and with his “kuntunkuni” (black cloth) dropped to his waist, hailed the tradition and customs of his ancestors while pledging to follow the path they cut. He has reign majestically since then.
Congrats to the Asantehene. Long Live Otumfuo, Long Live Ghana.
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