President to grace Otumfuo’s 20th anniversary celebration

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will be the special guest of honour on Akwasidae kese on April 21, 2019, which is the main event of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s 20th anniversary celebrations at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.

He will be joined by the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia A. B. Akuffo, and world leaders to celebrate the Asantehene since he ascended to the Golden Stool.

The Chief of Staff of the Asantehene, Mr Kofi Badu, disclosed this to journalists in the first of a series of media encounters at the Manhyia palace in Kumasi yesterday.

Activities

The President is also expected to organise a state dinner for Otumfuo on April 26,  to commemorate the exact date he was enthroned.

activities for the celebration begin on Wednesday with the performance of Atano rites by Otumfuo and the Atano priest, and ends on May 12, 2019 with a golf tournament.

A football match between two teams yet to be named and the date for kickoff has been factored into the packed programme.

Key among activities for the celebration is the unveiling of Otumfuo’s statue and the sod-cutting ceremony for the second phase of the Central Market redevelopment project at Kejetia on May 2.

Also on the bill is a thanksgiving service for the Asantehene on May 6 to mark his 69th birthday.

There will also be a meeting with the Ashanti professional executives as well as an Asanteman development summit and banquet.

As a sign of respect to Otumfuo, the planning committee has placed a ban on funerals from April 8 to April 30 this year.