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Otumfuo chalks 25 years on Golden Stool

Today marks 25 years of the enthronement of Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

However, the Silver Jubilee anniversary will be marked on Akwasidaekese on June 12 at Dwabrem, Manhyia Palace.

To herald the day, there were spectacular fireworks in Kumasi last night, which was witnessed by Otumfuo.

On April 26, 1999, Barima Kwaku Duah, as he was then known, took the Busumuru sword and with his kuntunkuni cloth dropped to his waist, swore the customary oath to the chiefs of Asanteman. The event was witnessed by thousands of Asantes and other well-wishers.

It was at the occasion that he adopted the name Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. He is a direct descendant of the 17th-century founder of the Asante Kingdom, Osei Tutu I.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is the 16th Asantehene, (King of the Asante). He ascended the Golden Stool on April 26, 1999. He is a direct descendant of the founder of the Asante Kingdom, Osei Tutu l.

Born on 6th May 1950 and named Barima Kwaku Dua, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is the youngest of the five children of Nana Afua Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, Asantehemaa (Queenmother of Asante). From early childhood, Barima Kwaku Dua came under the tutelage of his Uncle, Oheneba Mensah Bonsu who had been enstooled as Hiahene in 1952.

Oheneba Mensah Bonsu, therefore, ensured that Barima Kwaku Dua benefited from a childhood of careful grooming in Asante traditions and statecraft.

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