- The Asantehene has paid he rare visit to Kyebi
- The visit was made during the grand durbar for the 75th Anniversary of Nana Ofori Atta's death
- The Asanteman and Okyeman have been rumoured to be enemies since colonial times
It was a historic moment rich in culture and tradition. The rare visit of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to Kyebi.
For several years now, there have been rumours of a silent feud between the Asenteman and Okyeman - 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.
But Otumfuo Osei Tutu II believes this has never been the case of these two parties.
The grand durbar, which was held at Kyebi in the Eastern Region to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the death of Nana Ofori Atta, Okyenhene penned down a different story.
In fact, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II recounted the numerous contributions of Nana the late Okyenhene (Nana Ofori Atta) to Asanteman.
“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 grand durbar was rich in culture and power as the president and other high-powered state officials.
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