The 25th Anniversary of the Asantehene is continuously drawing nearer and there are a number of events intended to stamp this noteworthy occasion led by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II himself.
Asanteman will welcome visitors from within and outside the country beginning with the 150th anniversary of the Sagrenti War, the centenary of Nana Prempeh I’s return from exile, and the 25th anniversary of Otumfuo’s enstoolment.
Addressing the press on February 2, 2024, to unveil the series of events to celebrate the commemorations, the Chairman of the Planning Panel, Nana Otuo Serebuo II said the events are deliberately created to be a memorable one.
Nana Otuo Serebuo said the Sagrenti War as it was named by the British was not really a conflict according to the Asante’s point of view, but rather a ‘backdoor’ attack as the English raged the Royal residence of the then Asantehene in his nonappearance, took resources and burnt down the Palace.
As a feature of the events recognizing the War, a conference will come off at the Great Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) on February 6, 2024.
Speakers will include Prof. Emmanuel Akyeampong, the Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Harvard University Centre for African Studies and Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Harvard University, and Dr. Tom McCaskie, the Head of the Centre of West African Studies at Birmingham University.
A book titled “History of Asante,” written by Otumfuo Sir Agyeman Prempeh II and edited by Dr. McCaskie, will be released at KNUST at noon on the same day.
The “Kuntunkuni” Durbar will take place two days later at Dwabrem at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.
After a fruitful discussion to have a portion of the stolen things returned, the first batch of the artefacts, specifically from the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles will be officially presented to His Majesty during the durbar.
The commissioning of the new Manhyia auditorium in the Palace and the presentation of an Honorary Doctorate to the King by the University of Cape Coast (UCC) will take place prior to the 25th Anniversary of Otumfuo.
Also, a clean up exercise will come off within all traditional areas of Asanteman on March 30, 2024, with a decongestion exercise simultaneously in certain parts of Kumasi.
On April 21, there will be a religious feast for all fetish priests in Asanteman spearheaded by a constituted Religious Affairs Committee.
At the Bogyawe grounds in the Manhyia Palace on April 24 will be a feast for ethnic groups domiciled in Asanteman. The day coincides with an Awukudae and will be marked with a durbar for Asantehene and the ethnic groups in Asanteman.
A few locations in Kumasi, including the Cultural Center, Hero’s Park, Manhyia, Tafo, the Aboabo Post Office, and Adum, will host fireworks displays on April 25.
Also, a non-denominational thanksgiving service on April 26 which will mark exactly 25 years of distinguished leadership on the Golden Stool, will be held at the Dwabrem grounds with a dinner later in the day in the Palace where funds will be raised in support of the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Foundation (OOTIIF).
Meanwhile, on May 12, the Baba Yara Sports Stadium will host the Silver Jubilee Durbar. It will be followed by a musical concert with Asantehene’s 75th birthday celebration also happening on May 10 and 6 respectively.
A thanksgiving service will be held at the Cyprian Church in acknowledgment of Otumfuo’s birthday and a strictly-by-invitattion birthday supper around the same time.
After the enstoolment anniversary, Asanteman will hold a lecture and symposium to mark the 100th anniversary in commemoration of the return of Prempeh I from Seychelles Island.
The leader who posed much threat to the British after his exile in 1896 was brought back in November 21, 1924.