- KNUST has denied reports that its Department of Painting and Sculpture produced the controversial statue of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II
- According to the institution, the statue which has generated a lot of backlash from Ashantis was produced by two lecturers in their individual capacities
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has denied reports that its Department of Painting and Sculpture produced the controversial statue of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
The statue of the Asantehene erected at the Kejetia-Central Market has attracted the fury of residents who are calling for it to be pulled down, saying that the statue looks nothing like their revered king.
In a press statement, the school noted that the statue which had generated a lot of backlash from Ashantis was produced by two lecturers in their individual capacities.
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Earlier reports stated that the Department of Painting and Sculpture at KNUST was responsible for the statue but the school has however dissociated itself and its department from the work of art.
A statement from the University Relations office noted that “KNUST as an institution had nothing to do with the production of the statue” adding that “with our technical expertise, we are however more than willing to assist the public in the production of excellent monuments”.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported a statue of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II had sparked controversy in Kumasi, with some residents berating the sculptor for doing a shoddy work.
The said statue is positioned inside the multi-million dollar new Kejetia Market in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
The statue was unveiled on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 prior to President Akufo-Addo’s sod-cutting ceremony for the redevelopment of phase two of the market.
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