- A historic video of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II taking his oath of office in 1999 has emerged on social media
- In the video, the revered King of the Asante Kingdom could be seen holding the Ashanti Akrafena sword while taking his oath
- The video has gained attention online
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A rare historic video of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II taking his oath of office in 1999 has surfaced on social media.
Born Nana Barima Kwaku Duah on May 6, 1950, he was enstooled as the overlord of the Asante Kingdom on April 26, 1999, becoming the 16th Asantehene.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II marked 22 years of ruling the people of Asanteman on April 26.
The rare historic footage online shows Osei Tutu II taking his oath of office amid cheers from his people.
Watch the video below.
About the Asantehene
Massive cheers for Otumfuo as he rides in his 86-year-old Rolls Royce on the streets of Kumasi; video drops
Osei Tutu II is the 16th Asantehene whose name Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is in direct succession to the 17th-century founder of the Ashanti Empire, Otumfuo Osei Tutu I.
He is also the Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the Grand Patron of the Grand Lodge of Ghana, and the Sword Bearer of the United Grand Lodge of England.
Between 1981 and 1985, he was a senior consultant at the Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company in Toronto, Canada.
He returned to London in 1985 and became the personnel officer at the HPCC Stonebridge Bus Garage Project, in the London Borough of Brent.
He then founded his mortgage finance firm, Primoda Financial Services Limited, located on Kilburn High Road, North West London.
He returned to his native Ghana in 1989 to start a transport business, the Transpomech International (Ghana) Limited.
The Asantehene is highly revered in the Asante territories (Ashanti Region and other parts of Ghana) and is often regarded as the first among the equals of traditional rulers in Ghana.
Osei Tutu has frequently commented on the work of Ghanaian politicians.
He received international media attention after some of the Ashanti crown jewels were allegedly stolen from an Oslo hotel in October 2012 when he was attending a conference in the Norwegian capital.
In August 2019, he celebrated the Akwasidae with the Ghanaian community in the United Kingdom whilst on a short visit there. Dignitaries at the function included Paapa Owusu Ankomah, the Ghana High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
In February 2020, he became the first person to receive the 'Pillar of Peace Award'. This was in recognition of the effort that he put into restoring peace to the kingdom of Dagbon, which spanned nearly two decades.
In other news, as Bishop Dag Heward-Mills trends online following a damning report by The Fourth Estate, a 'spiritual son' of the renowned evangelist, Peter Melomey, has sung his praises.
In a Facebook post, Peter Melomey recounted how Bishop Dag Heward-Mills became all he needed in a father after his biological dad died whilst he was in his second year in the university.
''My head is very defenceless without a father’s covering. My biological father passed away on February 15, 2005. I was a second-year student in the university without a father’s covering."
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