Overlord of the Asante Kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, says there has never been any feud or bad blood between Asanteman and Okyeman since the days of their ancestors.
The two traditional communities, he noted, have coexisted.
Addressing a grand durbar of the 75th anniversary of Amantiremanmienu Nana Ofori Atta, at Abuakwa on Thursday, August 23, 2018, recounted the numerous contributions of Nana the late Okyenhene (Nana Ofori Atta) to Asanteman.
One of such contributions, the Otumfuo noted, was how Nana Ofori Atta helped in the release of his uncle Nana Agyeman Prempeh when he was exiled in Seychelles.
“Nana Ofori Atta did a lot for the Ashanti kingdom. Even my uncle Agyeman Prempeh thanked him in the past; I’m also here to thank him for what he did for Asanteman. He was the lead advocate for the release of Nana Agyeman after he was exiled to Seychelles. I want all to understand that Ashantis and Akyems have no issues. We have a long standing relationship. Our forefathers related very well. And we all came from Adansi and built our communities. Indeed, we are one people,” Otumfuo said.
The Otumfuo’s visit comes on the back of an earlier one by the Okyenhene to the Manhyia palace on the invitation of the Otumfuo some months ago.
The two traditional leaders have been deemed to be historic enemies following the ancestral wars fought between their forefathers in colonial Ghana.
Historians say the two powerful ethnic groups became enemies after pre-colonial politicians such as Captain George Maclean and Commander Hill pitched them against each other.
The development eventually led to the killing of Opemsuo Osei Tutu II while crossing River Pra in 1717 by the Akyems.
However, the Otumfuo commenting further said the two traditional communities have never been enemies since there is a long standing relationship that their ancestors built together.