From Sebastian R. Freiku, Manhyia Palace, Kumasi .
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, son of Queen Elizabeth II and heir apparent to the British throne, accompanied by his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, yesterday joined the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to observe Akwasidae at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi, where a durbar was held in their honour.
The royal couple was accompanied by the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner to Ghana, His Excellency Iain Walker, on the visit to Kumasi, as part of the four-day official visit to Ghana.
Otumfuo’s Akyeamehene, Nana Nsuase Poku, the Adansihene, Kumawumanhene, Nifahene of Kumasi, Nana Wiafe Akenten III, Offinsomanhene, Nana Adu Gyamfi, Adontenhene of Kumasi and Sanaahene of Kumasi, welcomed the British heir to the Manhyia Palace, after the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, had led Prince Charles and his entourage to exchange greetings with the Ashanti King, the Asantehemaa, Nana Ama Konadu, and chiefs.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu mentioned the long-standing relationship between Manhyia Palace and Birmingham Palace, which, he said, had deepened the mutual respect for the two countries and people.
The Asante King noted that Ghana was currently at war with poverty, and invited the British government to assist in defeating it (poverty).
Otumfuo further congratulated Prince Charles on his assumption of the leadership of the Commonwealth of Nations, and wished him well on his impending birthday on November 14.
In a short address, Prince Charles acknowledged the warm reception accorded him and his wife, which buttressed the importance of his decision to visit Kumasi on his second visit to Ghana since 1977, and to pay respects to the Ashanti King, who he last met in London in 2001.
He also expressed deep admiration and appreciation for Ashanti culture, as the Ashanti King and Prince Charles exchanged gifts.
At the Manhyia durbar were the Inspector General of Police (IGP) David Asante-Apeatu, COP Kofi Boakye, COP Ken Yeboah, Nana Otuo Sereboe II, Juabenhene and Chairman of the Council of State, a former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, Rev. Dr. Lawrence Tetteh, Founder and President of World Miracle Outreach, and Bishop Emeritus Peter Akwasi Sarpong.
Other dignitaries at the Manhyia durbar were Osei Assibey Antwi, Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Chief Executive, Dr. Oheneba Owusu-Danso, CEO of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, a former Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Samuel Sarpong, and the Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Madam Elizabeth Agyemang.