- The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, climaxed his 20 years reign with a durbar
- Former president John Mahama and his NDC entourage were present at the colourful event
It was a day of colour and culture as the Asantehene climaxed his 20th anniversary on the Golden Stool.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II became king and overlord of the Ashanti kingdom in the year 1999, succeeding Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware II.
The Asantehene’s 20th anniversary celebration was attended by a host of dignitaries, including President Akufo-Addo.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and former president John Dramani Mahama also joined in to pay tribute to the king.
Meanwhile, the Vice President of the Republic of Suriname was also in attendance.
The event was climaxed by a spectacular display of culture and tradition, with chiefs from other regions also representing.
In his opening remarks, the Asantehene said: “We are humbled by the presence here of so many emissaries, and eminent chiefs who have travelled from far and near, across oceans and continents to share with us tidings of amity and fraternity.
"We are pleased to welcome His Excellency the Vice President of the Republic of Suriname, who has made the long journey from the Pacific at the head of a 15-man delegation to be with us.
“Our thanks goes to our own head of state, His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the great honour he has accorded us, and for leading our elder statesmen and former heads of states and indeed the whole nation as our special guest of honour,” he added.
The Asantehene described his 20-year reign on the Golden Stool as "both fulfilling and challenging".
He further expressed gratitude to all those who have been with him and stayed loyal through the years.
"Many are the people who have been with us along the journey, who have contributed with all their might and resources to support and sustain our efforts.
"I pay tribute to nananom Amanhene and Abrempong for their steadiness in sustaining the unwavering unity and loyalty to the Golden Stool,” he said.
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