President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has described Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, as a pillar behind Ghana’s educational advancement, development and peace.
Otumfuo’s Educational Fund and Charity Foundation has offered thousands of vulnerable young people educational opportunities to the highest level.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the King’s contribution to national development transcends the Asante Kingdom, embracing the entire country.
President Akufo-Addo said this when he joined the Asantehene at the Manhyia Palace on Sunday to celebrate the Akwasidae Kɛseɛ which climaxed the 20th anniversary of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II since ascending the Golden Stool.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II ascended the Golden Stool on April 26, 1999.
On that momentous day, Barima Kwaku Dua, as he was then called, held in his right hand the Busumuru sword, and with his kuntunkuni (black cloth) dropped to his chest, swore the oath of Asante to be faithful to his people.
Akwasidae Kɛseɛ is an expanded form of Akwasidae, celebrated every six weeks in line with the Asante calendar which is based on a cycle of 42-two days and nine months in a year.
The Akwasidae Kɛseɛ is celebrated every five years to crown all the Adaes.
Sunday’s Adae was the fifth since the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II ascended the throne.
President Akufo-Addo, mentioned, in particular, Otumfuo’s role in bringing lasting peace to the people of Dagbon and promoting a united Ghana and wished him well.
The president said he was happy to be at Manhyia on the occasion of the 20th anniversary and felt proud of the Asantehene’s achievements.
He prayed for more years for the Asantehene so as to enable him to continue with his good deeds.
Kumasi witnessed a cultural extravaganza on Sunday, April 21, when the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, marked the 20th anniversary of his coronation with a grand durbar on Akwasidae kɛseɛ.
The occasion was the high point of the anniversary and thousands of Asantes and well wishers from across the world, converged at Dwabirem of the Manhyia Palace for the event and shared in the joy and glory of the anniversary.
The Asantehene, in all his royalty and elegance, rode in a palanquin from the Palace to Dwabirem amidst the firing of muskets.
As usual an opportunity was given to the chiefs and invited guests to pay homage to the Asantehene who sat in state.
The Asantehemaa, Nana Konadu Yiadom III, also rode in palanquin to the drubar grounds.
Cultural displays from various groups showcase the richness of Asante culture.
Before Otumfuo Osei Tutu delivered his anniversary speech, the Vice President of Suriname and President Akufo-Addo took turns to praise him for his exemplary leadership. – Graphic