Asantehene celebrates 21 years on the Golden Stool

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 marked 21 years of enstoolment of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, as Asantehene.

The Asantehene, born Nana Barima Kwaku Duah on 6 May 1950 is the 16th King of the Asantes, enstooled on 26 April 1999.

His stool name, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is in direct succession to the 17th-century founder of the Asante Empire, Otumfuo Osei Tutu I.

He succeeded Opoku Ware II following his demise.

The Asantehene is highly revered in the Asante territories (Ashanti Region and other parts of Ghana), and is often regarded as the first among equals of traditional rulers in Ghana.

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.

He is also the Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

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