- The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has clocked 71 years old today, May 6, 2021
- Osei Tutu II was born Nana Barima Kwaku Duah on May 6, 1950
- Ghanaians have shared felicitations to celebrate his new age
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The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is marking his birthday as he clocks 71 years old today, May 6, 2021.
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, 2021.
YEN.com.gh previously reported on rare historic footage of the prominent King taking his oath of office amid cheers from his people.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II turns 71 years old just days after marking 22 years of his reign as King of Asanteman.
Many have paid homage to him on social media to celebrate his new age. YEN.com.gh has embedded a few below.
About the Asantehene
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.
The Asantehene then founded his mortgage finance firm, Primoda Financial Services Limited, located on Kilburn High Road, North West London.
Massive cheers for Otumfuo as he rides in his 86-year-old Rolls Royce on the streets of Kumasi; video drops
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.
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh previously reported at 8 years old, Princess Awiyah born Awiyah Amoateng has created a hair brand, shea butter, and black soap business, which she started in 2018.
As a successful business owner, Princess Awiyah is inspiring other young girls like herself with her story about how she became an entrepreneur.
With the help of her mother, Dentaa Amoateng MBE, a British-Ghanaian entrepreneur, actress, TV presenter, singer, producer, and manager, she has three products in her name.
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