- Otumfuo Osei Tutu made a historic visit to Akyem Abuakwa on Wednesday
- The Otumfuo was there for the 75th Anniversary of the death of Nana Ofori Atta
- The dress the Asantehene wore is said to be 83 years old
On Thursday, August 23, history was made as the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II paid a special and rare visit to Kyebi, the capital of Akyem Abuakwa.
The Asantehene was in Kyebi at the invitation of the Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin to partake in the 75th Anniversary celebration of the death of Nana Ofori Atta.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II's visit is the first of any Asante monarch to the Akyem land in over 300 years when the founder of the Asante Kingdom, Osei Tutu Opemsuo, was reportedly shot and killed in the Pra River during a war with the Akyems.
Though the Asantes defeated the Akyems in later wars, there have always been long-standing claims that following the ancestral wars fought between their forefathers, the two ethni groups were enemies.
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The significance and historical nature of the visit, obviously, cannot be over-emphasized as it brings together the two most powerful traditional rulers in Ghana.
While the political significance of the visit has received much attention, it is worthy to note that the visit also saw the display of some rich Asante and Akyem (Akan) culture, especially the many kente clothes which were at the grand durbar.
One of the standout apparels, obviously, belonged to Asantehene who appeared at the durbar grounds in colourful cloth.
Wearing, a peach looking cloth adorned designs in colours like black, red, gold and green, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II looked so good.
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Interestingly, the cloth is about 83 years old.
According to the Asantehene, the cloth was first worn in 1935, about 15 clear years before he himself was born.
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Being one of the most important apparels in his catalogue it was just fit that he wore it for such a momentous occasion.
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