- Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu has taken his jab of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Manhyia Palace
- Otumfuo's vaccination coincided with the Akradwareda (soul-cleansing day), a day to perform rites to cleanse his soul and fortify himself spiritually
- Photos have popped up showing Otumfuo taking the jab right after spiritual fortification
- The Asantehene's wife, Lady Julia, and other chiefs of the Asante kingdom also took their jabs
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Ghana's COVID-19 vaccination programme started on Monday, March 1, 2021, with President Nana Akufo-Addo, his wife Rebecca, Vice President Dr Mahamudu, and Second Lady Samira taking their jabs.
On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, the vaccination got to the turn of other prominent individuals and essential groups.
Among these prominent people who got vaccinated on Tuesday was the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
The Asantehene, his wife Lady Julia, and other chiefs of the Asante Kingdom took their first jabs of the vaccine at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.
Photos have popped up showing Otumfuo, Lady Julia, Mamponhene Daseebre Nana Osei Bonsu II, and Mamponhemaa Nana Agyakoma Difie II, taking turns to take the vaccine.
Interestingly, the day for Otumfuo's vaccination coincided with the Akradwareda (the day for cleansing the human soul).
The cleansing of the soul, according to an Asante historian on Facebook, Sankofa Asane, fortifies Otumfuo spiritually.
It is for this reason of marking the Akradwareda that the Asantehene wore a white cloth and had markings on his arm and forehead while taking the COVID-19 jab.
Sankofa Asante explained that the markings on Otumfuo which are made from ehyire (white mud) are to signify that Otumfuo's soul and that of the Asanteman kingdom has been cleansed.
After cleansing his soul and fortifying himself spiritually, Otumfuo added the COVID-19 vaccine as a physical fortification while assuring his subjects of the vaccine's safety.
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In a related development, former President John Mahama has also taken his first jab of the vaccine to protect himself against COVID-19.
Just like Otumfuo, Mahama took the jab on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. It was administered at the Police Hospital in Accra.
After the process, Mahama assured of the safety of the vaccines and called on Ghanaians to disregard the conspiracy theories and get vaccinated.
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