Otumfuo Celebrates 10 Years of Purposeful Leadership

Otumfuo Celebrates 10 Years of Purposeful Leadership

asanteheneAccra, April 23, GNA – Otumfuo Osei Tutu II climaxes the 10th anniversary of ascending the Golden Stool with a durbar of chiefs and people of Asanteman at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Kumasi, on Sunday April 26 2009.
GNA presents some of the events it captured 10 years ago.

KTC accepts Asantehemaa’s nomination

Kumasi, March 30 (1999), GNA – The Kumasi Traditional Council (KTC) on Tuesday accepted the nomination of Barima Kwaku Duah, a 49-year-old business executive, as the successor to the Late Asantehene, Otumfuo Opoku Ware II.
At an emergency meeting of the Council at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi, Nana Saaman Nantwi II, Saamanhene and head of the Gyaase Division, informed the meeting that Nana Afua Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, Asantehemaa, had nominated her son, Barima Kwaku Duah as the successor and he has been accepted by the Gyaase.
Baffour Awuah V, Bantamahene and head of the Kingmakers of the Golden Stool and Acting President of the Council, thanked the Asantehemaa for the decision.
Baffour Awuah said since there has been no objection by the members he was ordering that Barima Duah should be introduced to the Council.
Later, the Saamanhene led Barima Duah, in mourning cloth, to the meeting and when his presence was announced, he removed his native sandals and shook hands with the Bantamahene to signify his acceptance by the Council.
Baffour Awuah informed the meeting that a delegation would be sent to Nana Osei Bonsu II, Mamponghene and Asanteman “Nwisiahene” tomorrow to inform him of the Asantehemaa’s decision on the successor of the Former Asantehene to be conveyed to the Asanteman Council.
The Asanteman Council’s acceptance of Barima Duah would lead to his confinement for 40 days prior to his installation and enstoolment.
By Asante custom, royals aspiring to the Golden Stool are given the title “Barima” and after enstoolment he can adopt any title of his choice.

Biography of Barima Duah
Barima Duah was born in May 1950 to the present Asantehemaa. He began his early childhood with his late uncle, Oheneba Mensah Bonsu, Hiahene of Kumasi.
After his secondary education at Sefwi Wiawso Secondary School and Osei Kyeretwie Secondary School (OKESS) in Kumasi, he studied accounting at the Institute of Professional Studies (IPS), Legon in 1971.
In 1973, Barima Duah proceeded to the United Kingdom to continue his accounting studies at Kilburn Polytechnic in North-West London.
Two years later, he shifted course and enrolled at the University of North London to read Human Resource Development and Public Administration.
In 1980, Barima Duah moved to Canada where he worked with the Ontario Mutual Insurance Group in Toronto as a Senior Consultant for a year, during which, he participated in a short-term company-sponsored course at Toronto University.
He returned to Britain in 1982 and was admitted into the membership of the British Institute of Personnel Management (IPM), a professional body for human resource development practitioners in the United Kingdom, in 1985.
Barima Duah worked for Oxo, the famous British firm of food manufacturers, as an account officer and with his membership of the IPM; he joined the Manpower Services Commission attached to the Brent Council in North London, where he helped to develop and to oversee projects to assist young unemployed youth from deprived communities to get into self-fulfilling employment.
He returned to Ghana in 1989 to set up his own business and has acted as representative of some highly reputable British and European companies in the mining sector.
Barima Duah is married to Madam Yaa Akyaa with three children.
GNA

Osei Tutu returns and swears oath
Kumasi, April 5, GNA – Barima Kwaku Duah, Asantehene-elect on Monday swore the customary oath to the chiefs of the Kumasi Traditional Area under the stool name Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at “Dwaberem” at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu, 49, successor to Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, who died on February 25 1999, held the “Mponponsuo”, the state sword, in his right hand, espoused the greatness, achievements and conquests of his ancestors and pledged to blaze their trail.
“If I fail to continue the exploits of my ancestors and fail in my duty I contravene the Great Oath of Asante”, he declared.
The enthusiastic crowd that had gathered there immediately mobbed Otumfuo Osei Tutu. Bare-chested-youth carried him on their shoulders, while women besmeared him with powder amidst singing of praises, drumming and dancing
The ecstatic crowd broke the security cordon to cast a glimpse at the new Asantehene.
The Divisional Chiefs of Kumasi swore the oath of allegiance to Otumfuo Osei Tutu in turns.
Earlier Baffuor Awuah V, Bantamahene and Acting President of the Kumasi Traditional Council on behalf of the ‘Kontire Division’ called on Otumfuo Osei Tutu to cooperate with his subjects and not to lord it over them.
He expressed the hope that under the administration of Otumfuo Osei Tutu, Asanteman and Ghana would see much progress saying that he should be patient; tolerant; tactful and maintain an open administration.
Present were Nana Afua Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, Asantehemaa the Right Reverend Peter Akwasi Sarpong, Catholic Bishop of Kumasi; Mr Kojo Yankah, Ashanti Regional Minister and Mr Mike Gizo Minister of Tourism.
GNA

Royal family celebrates late Asantehene’s 40th day tomorrow

Kumasi, April 7 (1999), GNA – The royal family and the Gyaase Division of the Kumasi Traditional Council (KTC) comprising the Gyaase, Mawere, Ankobea and Nkosuo would celebrate the 40th day celebration of the death of Otumfuo Opoku Ware II the late Asantehene, tomorrow, Thursday, 8th April at Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.
By Akan tradition and belief, the soul of any person after his death leaves for the ancestral world after 40 days and would never been seen on earth.
After tomorrow, the ban on drumming and funeral celebration within Asanteman instituted after the death of the late Asantehene would be lifted.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the newly-installed but yet to be enstooled Asantehene can now sit in court as a ruler but will not be expected to hold an opinion of his own, as he is presumed not to be conversant with the affairs of the State.
The few days after the installation are devoted to stock-taking of the drinks; sheep; monies and other presentations made to the bereaved family and Asanteman during the burial ceremony.
Following his installation and enstoolment, the new King would then begin to study the palace structures, organisation and the history of the Kingdom including court etiquette, royal manner of speech and majestic walking.
On the first Thursday after his installation, which also falls, tomorrow, the Asantehemaa, Nana Afua Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, takes the new King to the stool house where he sees for the first time, the Golden Stool and the black stools.
Thereafter, he is allowed to offer libation and sacrifices, this is the only occasion that the Asantehemaa is granted permission to enter the male stool house, she sees the stools in the female stool house every “Akwasidae” and “Awukudae”, the 40-day calendar of Akans.
The Deboasehene and Abenasehene are the experts in the King’s household, its organisation and what takes place there.
With teaching aid models of the palace, the new Monarch learns the whole complex tapestry of Asante custom and regal life such as how to control his speech, his thoughts, his walking when to smile and when to look serious and gloomy.
The new King is taught courtesy and Asante values, culture and the great part that state drums play in it. Everything in Asante life depends on drums -“atumpan, kete, fontomfrom, and donno in combination with the dawuro”.
The drums are used to summon people to council meetings and to war; they also played at the celebration of religious festivals and for entertainment.
He is taught to recognise each drum by its sound; to know what the combinations of the drum and sound mean. He is also taught how to dance to the tune and rhythm of all Asante drums.
The models of teaching aids are called “nkraba” and the system of using them as visual and teaching aids for the schooling is called “nkrahene”.
The schooling is done in such a way that it does not interfere with the normal engagements of the King; it takes place in the evenings.
The mornings and afternoons are devoted to routine duties such as giving out money and offering libation and sacrifices. While the schooling is going on preparations for the enstoolment ceremony are also in progress, thereafter, the final rites of the departed Monarch are discussed.
GNA

Asanteman observes 40th day rites for Late Asantehene

Kumasi, April 9 (1999), GNA – Asanteman on Thursday observed the 40th day rites of Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, the Late Asantehene.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene-elect sat in state at the Manhyia Palace to receive homage from sympathisers from all walks of life.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu, in “Koben”(red cloth); his right shoulder smeared with red ochre and wearing “denkyemkye”, a hat made of crocodile skin, rode in a palanquin from the Palace to the funeral grounds.
Accompanied by state sword bearers, Otumfuo Osei Tutu was taken through some streets around the Palace and Ashanti New Town before returning to the funeral grounds at 1400 hours.
There was traditional drumming, singing of dirges and appellations and cheers from the crowd.
Mr Kojo Yankah, Ashanti Regional Minister; Deputy Regional Minister, Mrs Joana Appiah-Dwomoh; Dr Christina Amoako-Nuama, Minister of Lands and Forestry; and Commander Pius M. G. Griffiths (Rtd), Deputy Minister of Communications, were among those who paid homage.
Others were District Chief Executives and the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Philip E.K. Antwi.
The rest were Parliamentarians from the Ashanti Region; Paramount and Divisional Chiefs as well as representatives of some organisations and institutions.
All were either in koben or Kuntunkuni (black) cloth.
With the firing of muskets at the background, the milling crowd of mourners surged forward to catch a glimpse of the Asantehene-elect, who sat in state for the first time since his installation last Monday as Kumasihene.
Nana Afua Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, Asantehemaa, and her retinue as well as Paramount and Divisional Chiefs, had to move at a snail’s pace to the funeral grounds because of the large crowd, which the few Policemen on duty found difficult to control.
Some members of the royal family, including the children and grandchildren of past occupants of the Golden Stool, were in their koben, their right shoulders and necks smeared with red ochre.
They wore garlands made of esuan (a climbing stem) and chewed kola to signify the loss of a great monarch and the people’s sense of sorrow and grief.
GNA

Otumfuo to be installed on Monday
Kumasi, April 9 (1999), GNA – Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene-elect would be enstooled as the 16th occupant of the Golden Stool and the 19th Asantehene on Monday, April 26.
A statement issued in Kumasi today and signed by Mr Isaac Dadzie-Mensah, Registrar of the Ashanti Region House of Chiefs, said the new Asantehene would swear the oath of office and thereafter all the paramount chiefs in Asanteman would also swear the oath of allegiance to him.
A 24-member Enstoolment Planning Committee under the chairmanship of Nana Otuo Serebour II, Juabenhene, has been appointed to ensure the smooth and successful enstoolment, the statement said.
Rituals for the enstoolment are performed in the early afternoon at Pampaso, a historical ward near the Kumasi Prisons.
This ceremony is called “Nkowasotena” (sitting on a chair) and is quickly followed by firing of muskets at the Manhyia Palace.
On the day of the enstoolment, the Asantehene-elect, pays a customary visit to the Queen of Pampaso. He sends gifts to the Queen.
The gifts include a ram; flask of rum; full piece of calico; bag of salt; Kente cloth and silk cummerbund.
The Linguist, who occupies the Kankam and Nantwi Stool, takes the gifts to Pampaso.
All the items except the cummerbund are taken to the Wadie-Adwumakesehene, custodian of the “Busumuru”, the most sacred State sword.
As soon as the Linguist returns from Pampaso, all items of the Asantehene’s regalia except the Golden Stool and the black stool are taken in procession to Pampaso.
There they are arranged and guarded by the Gyaasehene, Ankobeahene and Mawerehene, while the Paramount Chiefs and the Chiefs of Kumasi gather there.
Before the Asantehene-elect goes to Pampaso he is borne on the shoulders of Asantehene’s palanquin carriers to Asantehemaa, to take leave of her and receive her blessings. She does not take part in the Pampaso ceremony.
Upon receiving the Asantehemaa’s blessing, he proceeds to Pampaso borne in a palanquin, this time carried by only two strong persons instead of the normal four persons.
He would be wearing a white Adinkra (cloth with traditional motifs), a plain pair of sandals and protected from the sun by a small umbrella called “Akropon-kyiniwa”.
On arrival at Pampaso, the Asantehene-elect does not greet nor talk to anyone but goes straight to the Chief of Pampaso, who would be waiting for him at Pampafie (Pampa house).
Before he enters the Pampafie he leans three times against a spear in front of the house with his back.
The Asantehene-elect then enters the stool room to remove a piece of mutton on a stool, which had been there since the morning and then pours libation with palm wine.
The Pampasohemaa is called and on arrival. She refuses to enter the stool room.
She gives in after much persuasion at a price – a thanksgiving fee (Aseda).
In the room, the Pampasohemaa would have the Asantehene-elect tied to her back with the help of the silk cummerbund, which had been presented to her.
The Akyeamehene on behalf of the Asante-Mamponghene, who is the Acting Asantehene, in the presence of the Saamanhene begs for the release of her ward to become Asantehene.
She refuses at first but eventually she consents to release him and lets him down from her back. She then quickly changes into the calico to signify victory and happiness.
The Asantehene-elect is taken to another room, where a secret password is passed on to him.
The Akyeamehene (chief of the Asantehene’s linguists) and the Nseneehene inform Mamponghene and the chiefs assembled that the Asantehene-elect has been handed-over.
Meanwhile, one state sword after the other is sent to the Wadie-Adwumakasehene summoning him to Pampaso.
He pretends unwillingness to honour the call until the arrival of the “Busumuru” sword. He gives excuses such as not being well; about to take his bath; have a meal or enjoying his siesta; eventually, he consents to turn up and collects his thanksgiving fee.
Leading the procession of all the state swords headed by the Busumuru sword and clad in the kente cloth, which had been presented to him, the Wadie-Adwumakasehene arrives at Pampaso.
Without greeting anyone he enters Pampafie, there he removes the sheath of the Busumuru sword and passes it on to the Asantehene-elect.
Some of the important stool regalia are handed over to the Asantehene-elect on the day of his enstoolment.
They include Boman state umbrella, which was originally made by King Osei Bonsu (1799-1824). So named because the King is eulogised as “He who brings his enemies (other states) to their knees”.
The next is the “Dwete Kuduo” (silver treasure casket) in which are kept the Asantehene’s odd requirements such as gold dust, which he would require to make purchases or give away as gifts on leaving the Palace.
Whenever, he sits in state it is placed to his right. It is believed to be one of the earliest booties, which Opemsoo Osei Tutu snatched from his defeated enemies.
It is believed that it sometimes feels heavy in the morning and when that happened was regarded as an augury for a wind fall in the course of the day.
The Wadie-Adwumakasehene places on the head of the Asantehene-elect the “Denkyemkye” (hat made of crocodile skin), which was made by King Osei Tutu when he was recalled from Akwamu to succeed his uncle, Obiri Yeboah as Asantehene.
Thus adorned with the Denkyemkye, the Asantehene-elect comes out of the stool room and standing before the ‘Piese’ spear and surrounded by the players of the Asantehene’s Aprede drums, whose music was the favourite of Opemsoo Osei Tutu, he takes the oath of office and dances to the tune of the drums.
After this, holding in his right and left hands the Busumuru sword and the “Apemasanata” (a shield), respectively, he rejoins the assembled chiefs and people and dances to “Fontomfrom” music.
The Wadie-Adwumakasehene changes from his kente cloth into calico that had been given to him earlier, the Asantehene-elect also returns to the room and changes into his military garment, the “Batakarikese”.
The Akyeamehene is sent to inform the Mamponghene that the Pampaso ceremony is over and the people should meet the Asantehene-elect at Pramakeseso or Bampanase.
The messengers bearing the “Bosompra” State, sword goes to Asantehemaa with the same message.
Meanwhile his palanquin for the procession would be ready to take him away.
The Asantehene-elect in his palanquin arrives at Bampenase to show that he would be capable of commanding the Asante forces on the battlefield.
Kokofuhene; Nsutahene; Gyaasehene; Ankobeahene and the Mawerehene would have by then taken the Golden Stool to Bampenase.
On alighting from his palanquin, the Asantehene-elect walks to the Asantehemaa, the Oyoko Amanhene led by the Juabenhene, Kronti and Akwamu Chiefs; right wing chiefs headed by the Mamponghene, Adonten Chiefs, Kyidom and Gyaase Chiefs and the Akyeame (linguists).
When he gets to each of these groups the Asantehene-elect fires his musket and the group fires back, he then exchanges greetings by shaking of hands with the respective group heads.
After the firing ceremony, the Asantehene-elect retires to the Palace and all the chiefs follow suit to get ready for the enstoolment ceremony, which takes place at midnight.
At midnight all the chiefs except Mamponghene arrives at Bampenase in simple attire. They come with small groups of people, with their small umbrellas. Admission is restricted.
The Asantehene-elect, however, is richly dressed in white adinkra, which he later lowers to the waist and goes to the ceremony wearing the “Mpaboakese” (the big sandals) originally worn by Opemsoo Osei Tutu (it is regarded as the head of the Asantehene’s sandals).
He also wears the denkyemkye; an iron neck wear, the “Awoso”; gold necklace of bells, the “Afodoo”; military kit,(Ntoa) and carries with him the Busumuru and Mponponsuo state swords.
He completes his dressing in the presence of the Juabenhene at Bampenase.
The Chief Stool Carrier and his colleagues bring the Golden Stool to Pramakeseso. It is placed on Banwoma (a broad piece of hide of an elephant’s ear) at the centre of the area.
Guarding the stool with their “santuo”, guns would be the Juabenehene and the Nsutahene. The Asantehemaa, the Kokofuhemaa and the female members of the royal family stand at some distance to watch the procession.
The chief stool carrier gives a signal to the Gyaasehene to inform the Asantehene-elect about the ceremony to “outdoor” the Golden Stool.
The Asantehene-elect sends the Mponponsuohene, another state sword keeper, to inform the Mamponghene that he and all the participants are ready for the enstoolment ceremony.
The Mamponghene accompanied by his Chief Linguist immediately leaves his position and takes his place with the right wing Amanhene as the Adontenhene of Asante.
The Asantehene-elect is placed on the Golden Stool and proclaimed as Asantehene.
For this Mamponghene supported by the right wing Amanhene, hold the right arm of the Asantehene-elect. The Essumegyahene supported by the left wing Amanhene hold the left arm.
The Kyidomhene with the support of the Kyidom chiefs, the Kronti and Akwamu chiefs and the Gyaase, Ankobea and Manwere Chiefs hold his waist, right foot and left foot in that order and place him three times on the Golden Stool.
The Ahemaa of Asante and Kokofu and the women around shout praises and thanksgiving.
The enstooled Asantehene rides in a palanquin to the “Mmeda” room at the Palace to rest while jubilation and merrymaking continue.
In the morning of the following day, the Jamasihene, custodian of the Asantehene’s treasure casket (kuduo); accompanied by custodians of other kuduo in Asanteman come to anoint the Asantehene for, which they are paid a fee.
With the anointing ceremony over, the Asantehemaa, the Amanhene, custodian of the casket and other chiefs come to pay homage and bless the Asantehene.
A thanksgiving present in money together with two flasks of rum and four sheep are sent to the Mamponghene and similar presents are made to the other Amanhene and chiefs.
With the Asantehene’s permission they all depart to their various towns after the Asantehene has announced the date for the great funeral (ayikese,) in honour of the departed Asantehene.
Intermittent purification rites follow the enstoolment ceremony.
GNA

Otumfuo Osei Tutu to be enstooled on Monday

Kumasi, April 22, GNA – Otumfuo Osei Tutu II would be enstooled as the new Asantehene and the 16th occupant of the Golden Stool on Monday, April 26.
The ceremony would involve the performance of a number of rites, including the wearing of the “Batakarikesie”(war attire); riding in a palanquin and firing of muskets by the new King to prove his ability to command and lead the Asante nation.
Nana Otuo Serebour II, Juabenhene and chairman of the 21-member Enstoolment Planning Committee, announced this at a meeting of the Kumasi Traditional Council (KTC) and the Asanteman Council in Kumasi on Thursday.
He said the ceremony would be held at the Kumasi Sports Stadium instead of Dwaberem, Manhyia Palace, due to the large number of people expected.
The programme begins in the afternoon of Sunday, April 25, when the Asantehene-elect would sit in state at Pramakesieso at the precinct of Manhyia Palace to receive chiefs and dignitaries.
Between 1100 hours and 1300 hours on Monday, April 26, other rites would be performed at Pampaso, near the Kumasi Fort, which would be witnessed only by the various divisional heads of the KTC and paramount chiefs of Mampong; Adansi; Offinso; Ejisu; Kumawu; Oyoko; Nsuta and Juaben.
Nana Serebour said each of the heads would be accompanied by a retinue of not more than five people and would be clad in black mourning cloth (Kuntunkuni).
According to Nana Serebour, in the evening, the Asantehene-elect, now in possession of all his regalia, with the exception of the Golden stool, and wearing the Batakarikese, would ride in a palanquin from Pampaso to the stadium, where all the paramount chiefs and the dignitaries would be seated.
The Asantehene-elect would not sit in state at the stadium, but would fire a musket three times for the Oyoko clan, the Nifa (right wing) and Benkum (left wing) chiefs.
He would then exchange greetings with the dignitaries before he leaves to rest for the actual enstoolment in the night.
Nana Serebour said at midnight of the same day, Mamponghene, supported by all the paramount chiefs, would hold the Asantehene-elect, lift him up and place him on the Golden Stool three times signifying his formal enstoolment.
After this Gyaase, Manwere, Ankobea and Nkosuo Divisions of KTC would then escort the Asantehene to a room called “Mereda”(I am sleeping) in the Manhyia Palace.
The Juabenhene said at 1000 hours on Tuesday, the Asantehene would sit in state for the Paramount and Divisional Chiefs to swear the oath of allegiance to him.
Distinguished citizens of Asanteman would be permitted to pay homage to the Asantehene, amid traditional drumming and dancing.
All would be clad in white cloth to signify the end of the Asantehene’s enstoolment and it would be a day of merrymaking.
Born on May six, 1951, Barima Kwaku Dua Bonsu, the last of the six children of Madam Efua Kobi, now Nana Efua Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, Asantehemaa; ascends the Golden stool as Otumfuo Osei Tutu II with a clear focus to foster the economic and social development of Asanteman.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu is expected to heal the wounds of the past and build bridges towards greater unity and harmony within the whole country, Nana Serebour said.
GNA

Asantes expect new Asantehene to be truthful

Kumasi, April 25 (1999), GNA – Asantes expect Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who ascends the Golden Stool on Monday to be truthful, progressive and to stay out of partisan politics, A Ghana News Agency survey in Kumasi has revealed.
The survey showed that the people, who expect him to streamline the succession to the various stools so as to put a stop to the numerous chieftaincy disputes, have generally accepted Otumfuo Osei Tutu.
Those surveyed were of the view that Kingmakers collect money from people, who are not qualified, and make them chiefs.
This they said has led to the situation where some chiefs could not go to the towns, where they are supposed be chiefs.
Mr Kwasi Dwomoh, 66, Farmer at Sikanti Akoraa, near Wassa Akropong and a trader in Kumasi, said Otumfuo needed wisdom and courage to pursue the truth at all times.
“If truth prevails the numerous chieftaincy disputes, which retard progress would be abated. It serves no useful purpose to collect money from people, who ‘are not qualified’, to make them chiefs who cannot go to their towns,” he said.
Otumfuo should stay out of partisan politics he asserted, and recounted how he had to run away to the Cote d’Ivoire during the First Republic because Manhyia Palace through Barfuo Akoto fraternised with the United Party.
Otumfuo should encourage backyard gardening as a means of improving the environment and get Chiefs in Ashanti to assist the government to check the activities of chain saw operators.
Madam Elizabeth Adu, National Women’s President of the Ghana Association of the Physically Disabled, wants Otumfuo Osei Tutu to improve the sanitation in Kumasi.
He could do this by liaising with the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly and using his influence to get organisations to donate litter bins that should be placed at vantage points in the city.
Otumfuo should listen and try to solve the problems of all sections of the society especially of the minority groups such as the physically disabled and those in children’s home.
Nana Ama Serwah Benehene, 49, a Public Servant, said Otumfuo should stay out of politics and seek the welfare of the people.
He should be fair to everybody, “we know that he has friends but now he is for all of us. He must let his friends know and appreciate his new status”, she said.
Madam Abena Anane, 52, Cloth Seller, wants Otumfuo to look at child labour and teenage pregnancy. She said allowing children to trade exposes them to money too early in life, thus making it difficult for them to concentrate on their studies
Asante girls should be encouraged to go to school. Otumfuo could cause gon-gong to be beaten in villages urging parents to send their children to school.
Any person, who impregnates a schoolgirl, should be severely punished instead of just allowing them to marry her, as is the case in rural Ashanti, Madam Anane said.
Mr Yaw Kobiah, 28, Barber, wants Otumfuo to use his connections to get investors into Ashanti to create employment for the youth.
He should get friendly organisations to run workshop for the self-employed to improve their skills.
Mr Kobiah said Otumfuo should bring sanity into the sale of building plots. He alleged that some chiefs in Ashanti sell the same plot of land to two people, thus leading to litigation.
Otumfuo should prevent chiefs from indulging in partisan politics adding that where chiefs are known to be in partisan politics some of the subjects do not respect them.
He should get the government to improve upon the road network in Kumasi and satellite villages, “the road to Daban is so bad, even though, it is part of Kumasi”, Mr Kobiah said.
Mr Andrews Asiedu, a Master Tailor, wants Otumfuo to bring about general improvement and progress.
He should turn his attention to finding solution to the unemployment problem of the youth and improve the sanitation in Kumasi.
Mr Kojo Adjei, 32 Goldsmith, expects Otumfuo to get chiefs to link up with government to improve the roads in Ashanti. He should also find ways of getting jobs for the numerous unemployed youth.
GNA

Feverish preparation at Kumasi stadium for coronation of Asantehene

Kumasi, April 25 (1999), GNA – Feverish preparations have been going on to get the Kumasi Sports Stadium ready for the coronation of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II as Asantehene on Monday.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency at the Stadium in Kumasi, Mr Opoku Anto, Public Works Department (PWD) District Engineer, said today’s (Sunday’s) premier league match between Asante Kotoko and Real Tamale United (RTU) has put an extra strain on them.
He said to be able to beat the deadline they were getting the form-work of the dais and platforms ready so that they could put the finishing touches on Monday morning.
Sign posts indicating where the various paramount chiefs would sit are all in place.
Mr Eric Nkansah Dwamena, Stadium Manager, said the 60,000-capacity stadium has enough facilities to hold the expected crowd (after renovation for Ghana 2008 African Cup of the Nations the capacity has been reduced 40,000).
He said moveable toilet facilities would be placed at vantage points for the convenience of spectators.
Mr Dwamena said arrangements have been made to get the Stadium cleaned after the league match.
GNA

Otumfuo Osei Tutu receives visitors

Kumasi, April 25 (1999), GNA – The Asantehene-elect, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II on Sunday sat in state at Kwakorem, a patio at the Manhyia Palace, wearing a simple green adinkra cloth, to receive chiefs and visitors attending the concluding rites leading to his coronation.
Among the chiefs, who paid homage were Nsutahene, Nana Adu-Agyei Bonsafo II; Juansahene, Nana Agyemang Teatua; Bantamahene, Baffour Awuah V,
and Tafohene, Nana Ponkor Baffour II.
The others were: Amakomhene, Nana Akosa Yiadom; Asemhene, Nana Baffour Kyei; Anantahene, Baffour Appiah Dankwa III; and Hwidiemhene, Nana Anarfi
Korkorto.
The Gyaase, Ankobea, Manwere and Nkosuo Division were also there. The Asantehemaa, Nana Afua Kobi Serwaa Ampem, was represented by Nana Por, Kumasi
Dompoasehemaa.
On Monday, April 26, Otumfuo Osei Tutu would be enstooled at midnight at Pramankesieso, where he would be “put” on the Golden Stool after the necessary rites have been performed at Pampaso and the Kumasi Sports Stadium.
GNA

Normal commercial activities in Kumasi

Kumasi, April 26 (1999), GNA – Normal commercial activities went on side by side the coronation of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene in Kumasi on Monday.
The population was divided into traditionalists, who wore black cloths to either Pampaso, one of the traditional wards of Kumasi to view some of the rituals or the Baba Yara Sports Stadium where the coronation was taking place and those in other colours, who went about their normal activities.
Traffic flow was very slow especially around Asafo; Amakom; Ahensan; and the Fanti New Town as people trooped to the Stadium.
The black cloth dominated around those areas while the Central Business Districts of Kejetia, Adum and Nsuase had more of those in other colours.
Mr Adjei Boafo, Trader at Adum, said he opened his store for normal business because he did not anticipate any looting as it was rumoured during the burial of Otumfuo Opoku Ware II.
Mr Osei Mensah, a trader from Sunyani, said he was in Kumasi to buy merchandise for his store and was not aware of the coronation of the Asantehene.
Mr Kwame Mensah of Amoaful, a Courtier, said he followed his chief to Kumasi to witness the coronation “because such an event happens once in a life time”.
GNA

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