Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the 16th occupant of the Golden Stool as Asantehene, on April 26, 2009 held a grand durbar at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi to climax activities marking the 10th Anniversary of his enstoolment. The photo gallery shows some of the rich cultural display and personalities at the occasion.  Photos by Isaac Yeboah and David Andoh

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the 16th occupant of the Golden Stool as Asantehene, on April 26, 2009 held a grand durbar at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi to climax activities marking the 10th Anniversary of his enstoolment. The photo gallery shows some of the rich cultural display and personalities at the occasion. Photos by Isaac Yeboah and David Andoh

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President Mills and his entourage and other dignitaries at the event. They include (from left) Lady Julia, wife of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II; Mrs Betty Mould Iddrisu, Attorney Generarl and Minister of Justice, President Mills and Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Opoku Manu.

President Mills and his entourage and other dignitaries at the event. They include (from left) Lady Julia, wife of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II; Mrs Betty Mould Iddrisu, Attorney Generarl and Minister of Justice, President Mills and Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Opoku Manu.

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Otumfuo being paraded through Kumasi as thousands lined the streets to cheer him

Otumfuo being paraded through Kumasi as thousands lined the streets to cheer him

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My Joy Online carries a beautiful photogallery, 55 pictures of the grand durbar of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. The photographs are the work of Isaac Yeboah and David Andoh. GhanaWeb also features a smaller photogallery, also with beautiful pictures.

[Added May 5:
There is another beautiful picture gallery of this event at Kumasi.info.]

From articles at GhanaWeb:

Kumasi, April 26, GNA – Asanteman is today holding a durbar of chiefs and people at Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi to climax activities marking the 10th anniversary of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s ascending of the Golden Stool.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II 10 years ago swore the customary oath to the chiefs of the Kumasi Traditional Area at “Dwaberem” at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu, who was then 49 years old, succeeded Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, who died on February 25 1999. He 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”

Kumasi, April 26, GNA – The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has announced plans to roll out new ambitious economic development initiatives to complement the achievements chalked under his leadership in the last 10 years.

He said under his newly launched Charity Foundation, which had been incorporated in Ghana, United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US), a number of development initiatives in the areas of environmental sanitation, ICT, private sector development, tourism and education among other things would be tackled.

Over the last decade, he had applied the traditional way of resolving conflicts and this had yielded positive results, he said. The Asante King called on the people to support him to carry through with these initiatives.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu used the occasion to honour four former African Heads of State for their contribution towards the deepening of democratic governance on the Continent. They were Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria; Ahmed Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone; Jerry John Rawlings of Ghana and Festus Mogae of Botswana.

They received beautifully designed kente clothes and citations. Former Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Maria Aznar, who was also present, was honoured by the Asantehene for his love and support for Africa. He also received a kente cloth and a citation.

Kumasi, April 26, GNA – Authentic African culture, glamour, royalty, pomp and pageantry were on full display at a durbar of chiefs and people of Asanteman to climax activities marking 10 years of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene’s coronation.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu dressed in richly designed kente cloth and adored with gold, rode to the durbar grounds in a palanquin under the canopy of large umbrellas and amidst the throbbing of “fontomfrom’ and “kete” drums and clattering of executioners swords at exactly 1100 hours.

Moments later, President Mills also drove in and on arrival exchanged pleasantries with the Asantehene. All this while, Paramount Chiefs from the 63 Paramountcies that make up the Asanteman and their subordinate chiefs had taken their seats under huge multi-coloured umbrellas.

President Mills lauded Otumfuo Osei Tutu and labelled his decade reign as 10 years of positive and exemplary leadership. He cited the immense support the King was providing in the areas of education and health in the country and said “Otumfuo deserves our commendation”.

The presence of peoples from across the world at the durbar, he pointed out was an eloquent testimony of the fact that the Asantehene had touched the lives of many and was a unifying factor.

President Mills used the occasion to encourage Ghanaians to ensure a united front, saying: “We must always remember that we belong to Mother Ghana.” Otumfuo Osei Tutu said the celebration was to recognize African civilization and demonstrate to the world that Africa had a great culture and traditions.

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