Asantehene’s 20th anniversary – a multi-cultural ‘tapestry’ to be hanged on the world’s hall of fame


The Manhyia Palace in Kumasi, the regal seat of the Asante Monarchs, on Sunday April 21, turned into the setting where the overall exhibit of various societies, were lavishly woven together in rich hues, to delineate the excellence of social solidarity in assorted variety.

The amazing and energizing “Akwasidaekese”, an excellent durbar, that peaked a reiteration of occasions recognizing the twentieth commemoration of the enthronement of Otumfuo Osei-Tutu II, the Asantehene, and the sixteenth tenant of the Golden Stool, pulled a mammoth group from various statement of faith, ethnicity and societies, over the globe, to participate in the festival with the Great King.

Multicolored ocean of hues

It was all shading, at “Dwaberem”, the forecourt of the lofty fortress, as conventional boss, situated in full formal attire, under an overhang of goliath multi-hued umbrellas, in the midst of the resounding and throbbing sounds and rhythms from the “Fotomfrom” and “Mpintin” drums, the “Atenteben” and “Ntahra”, anticipating the passage of the august celebrant.

As though the well known Kente, the magnificently structured woven African texture was the clothing standard, the greater part of the general population including Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana, himself, wore diverse plans of the customary fabric. Remote nationals, would not be forgotten.

Some likewise really wanted to move their bodies complicatedly to the cadenced music that the conventional drums gave.

The covering of umbrellas, the completely decorated boss and members joined, to give the Dwaberem, an all-encompassing perspective on an ocean of variegated hues.

Otumfuo’s superb section to the durbar grounds

The occasion achieved a crescendo when His Royal Majesty, the Asantehene and Nana Ama Konadu Panin, the Queen of Asante, enhanced in gold decorations and dazzling in a great Kente fabric, in the wake of strutting through a portion of the main avenues in the city of Kumasi, riding in a palanquin, entered the durbar grounds gone before by a long, serpentine entourage of boss, in the midst of the terminating of musketry.

In unconstrained upheavals of delight, the eager group hailed and mobbed the King. Removed on-lookers needed to climb statures to get a look at him.

Prior, Ya Na Abubakari Mahama II, the King of the Dagbon, had entered the durbar grounds riding on a pony back, in the midst of the presentation of jogging ponies that drove his escort.


In a situation just similar to the scriptural King Solomon, the occasion pulled in any semblance of previous Nigerian President Olusegun Obansango, the Emir of Kano State, Mahammadu Sanusi II, and the Vice President of Surinam, Ashwin Adhim, who drove a 15-part appointment.

Agents of the United Nations, an illustrious appointment from Denmark, Spain, Namibia and Morocco, the strategic corps, among different notables, went from far separations, to indicate solidarity and love to the Asante King.

Senior statesmen in participation

The event was additionally graced by First Lady, Rebecca, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, and his significant other, Samira, previous Presidents John Agyekum Kufuor, John Jerry Rawlings, and spouse, Nana Konadu Agyemang, and John Dramani Mahama.

Other recognized identities were, Professor Mike Ocquaye, the Speaker of Parliament, Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, Mrs. Akosua Fremah Opare, the Chief of Staff, and political on-screen characters.

Customary rulers from the Volta Region, including the Awomefia of Anglo, Togbe Sri, others from Nzema, Bono East, Ahafo and the nation over, were likewise there.

They paid reverences to the King and communicated their felicitations to him as he sat in state.

Endless endowments had since the start of the 40-day long festivals been showered on him by well-wishers.

In a commemoration discourse, the Asantehene offered profound thanks to all his well-wishers who went far and close from crosswise over countries and seas to elegance the event.

“We are lowered by the nearness here of such huge numbers of emissaries and a prominent boss who have gone from far and close crosswise overseas and mainlands to impart to us the greetings of Amity and club.”

Sagas from prominent identities including, his significant other Lady Julia Osei-Tutu and President Nana Akufo Addo, had additionally praised the King’s accomplishment amid his 20-year rule, milestone among them which stood him out as a symbol of harmony, is the fruitful handling of a harmony procedure, in the long-standing chieftaincy quarrel in the Dagbon zone.

The King has additionally been driving endeavors at advancing instruction.

More than 300,000 understudies from the country over had profited by the Otumfuo Education Fund, he set up following his crowning ceremonies.

This came as grants and bursaries – bringing trust and giving chance to individuals from poor homes to experience their scholarly dreams.

The festival proceeds with other intriguing occasions including a golf coordinate.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu would be blessed to receive a meal to be facilitated by the President of Ghana.

A return of his enstoolment

The Asantehene, referred to in private life as Nana Kwaku Duah, was enthroned as the sixteenth lord of Asante on 26th April 1999, to succeed his late nephew, Otumfuo Opoku Ware II.


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