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Regional News Sat, 23 Apr 2016

Otumfuo clocks 17 on golden stool

There will be a wild jubilation in Kumasi and other parts of the Ashanti Region, starting from Sunday, April 24.

This is because the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the overlord of Asanteman has clocked 17 years on the Golden Stool.

Manhyia Palace, the official seat of the Asante Monarch, has lined up a series of programmes to mark the historic event.

In line with this, the next Akwasidae festival, which falls on Sunday, April 24, has been tagged as ‘Special Akwasidae’.

Top dignitaries, including prominent traditional leaders from Asanteman and beyond and government officials, would grace the event.

Otumfuo, as usually done during such festivals, would sit in state for people from all walks of life, to pay homage to him.

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The occasion would also be used to showcase the rich Asante culture, which dates back to about four centuries ago.

As part of the activities, a special Mass would also be held at the St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church on Tuesday, April 26, from 10 am sharp.

Mr. Kofi Owusu Boateng, Personal Administrative Secretary of the Asantehene, made the announcement in a press release.

He entreated the public to attend the Special Akwasidae festival and the Mass service to make the King’s 17 years anniversary grand.

Known in private life as Barima Kwaku Duah, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, ascended the Golden Stool in 1999.

He succeeded his brother Otumfuo Opoku Ware II who had visited his ancestors after a short illness.

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Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s reign had brought immense fame and glory to Asanteman and her people.

The King had almost solved all chieftaincy disputes which rocked Asanteman before his ascension to the Golden Stool.

He had also promoted education in Asanteman and Ghana in general through the Otumfuo Education Fund, which he formed after his enstoolment.

Thousands of people from all tribes and regions of the country have benefitted from the Otumfuo Education Fund, a clear example that the King cherishes unity and oneness.

Otumfuo had received several awards locally and on the international stage in recognition of his extraordinary leadership which had helped expedite Ghana’s growth.

Source: dailyguideafrica.com