The year is about to end, and Asantehene Otumfou Osei Tutu II’s and Asanteman have celebrated the last Akwasidae to end the year.
At the Manhyia Palace, the 2023 Akwasidae Festival went off without a hitch thanks to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the holder of the Golden Stool.
The Celebration fell on the 26th day of November 2023 and was held at the Afia Kobi Park at the Manhyia Royal residence.
As customs demands, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II was extraordinarily decorated in expensive and charming ornaments with an emblematic fabric. After performing rituals to prepare for the celebration earlier in the day, His Majesty took his seat in state in the afternoon on that “cool” Sunday.
Traditional rulers in the Kingdom, dancers, singers, the King’s servants, royals and natives all displayed beautiful and colourful traditions and culture of the Asante Kingdom on to the delight of guests present and to the world.
People from all over Ghana, some from other continents, and all walks of life flocked to the grounds to see what rich culture and tradition is all about. The visitors were blessed to witness numerous other things at the durbar grounds.
This last Akwasidae Celebration pulled in numerous extraordinary guests including Queen Consort Sylvia Nagginda of the Buganda Kingdom, Her Royal Highness Rita Maria Zimba of the Moroccan Royal Family, former Deputy President of South Africa, Mr David Mabusa, the Asante Professionals Club (APC), AngloGold Ashanti and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Also present were the “Heal KATH Project” Management, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the Legacy Foundation, the Tour Operators Union of Ghana, the National Alternative Employment Programme for Illegal Miners (NAELP), Zongo Nkosuohene and Jamaican Reggae artiste Hezron Clarke.
The next Akwasidae Festival will be celebrated on Sunday January 7, 2024.