The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has visited Kyebi, the capital of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area.
The Asantehene was the special guest of the Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, as he marked the 75th Anniversary of the passing of Nana Ofori Atta, one of the most revered occupants of the Okyeman stool.
By the visit, Osei Tutu II became the first Asante monarch in over 300 years to step foot on Akyem land.
Otumfuo's visit has been hailed as both historic and significant for national unity as the two ethnic groups are among the most popular in Ghana.
But it looks like the visit was not only to the benefit Asante-Akyem relationship as some individuals also benefited from it.
One of them is a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and nephew of President Nana Akufo-Addo, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko.
In a photo YEN.com.gh has sighted, Gabby, as he is affectionately called, is seen bowing and paying homage to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
The two could be seen sharing a smile which suggests that there is no bad blood between them.
The warmness between Otumfuo and Gabby is significant because the latter was in the news about three months for allegedly undermining the Asantehene.
This followed a viral picture of some NPP stalwarts kneeling before the Asantehene. The backstory to the photo was that the NPP men were begging Otumfuo after h complained about some actions of leading party figures he did not like.
According to a group calling itself the Concerned Youth of Ashanti, Otchere-Darko and Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo, were the who actions angered the King.
“A couple of years ago under the leadership of Akufo-Addo, his nephew and relatives started making some comments concerning the Asantehene and the Asantehene himself mentioned Gabby Asare Otchere Darko and Asante Bediatuo at the Manhyia Palace,” leader of the group, Nana Agyenim Boateng told Accra-based Starr FM.
“Am I so stupid that I would work against my own interest and turn one half of me against the other half by inciting my mother’s people against my father’s people; that I would bite the very hand that feeds us politically? Perplexing,” Otchere-Darko wrote on Twitter.
With this show of smiles, it is safe to conclude that Gabby was right and that he and Otumfuo were in a very good place.
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