Manhyia Palace held a durbar as part of events to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Sagrenti War between the Asantes and British colonial leaders.
Named after the conventional grieving fabrics of the Asantes, ‘Kuntunkuni‘, the durbar is pointed toward mourning the more than 4,000 Asante soldiers who died in the conflict as well as the annihilation the conflict had on the whole Asante Kingdom.
Asanteman will in this manner consider the effect of the conflict after over hundred years.
The occasion happened at the Dwabrem grounds in the Manhyia Castle on February 8, 2024.
To be a part of this extraordinary occasion, traditional rulers were in their numbers in one or the other black or red parasols and joined by their countrymen.
Paramount Chiefs, Queen Mothers and heads of Kumasi Traditional Council Divisions had the honor of riding to the durbar grounds in their carts.
The appearance of His Highness Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the King of the Asante Kingdom at the durbar marked the end of the entry of any other Chief.
Otumfou entered the grounds with a black cloth and in a mourning mood, signifying that the entire Kingdom is in a mourning state.
Guests from the local and international communities as well as the general public were heavily guarded. Police were spotted from all corners in the Palace regions.
Also, a temporary sick bay with experienced medical officers were established to provide prompt medical attention to anyone who may need it.
The commemoration was accompanied with traditional Displays with than five traditional musical groups performing odes at the event.
Besides, the display of spiritual gymnastics by fetish priests and priestessess who have been designated a stand on the grounds was also present; and it an awesome scene to witness.