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Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II shakes New Juaben

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Otumfuo arriving at Yiadom Hiwdie palace at about 6pm on Saturday

Otumfuo’s powerful vehicle

His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, shook the foundation of Koforidua, the Eastern Region capital, and for some time reduced the mourning flower city into a picnic ground when he made what could be described as a triumphant entry.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II arrived at Yiadom and Hwidie Palace around 6pm on Saturday to attend the funeral of the late Paramount Chief of New Juabeng, Daasebre Professor Emeritus Oti Boateng, and the late Queenmother, Nana Yaa Daani, who were lying in state.

His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II in state

There was a huge human traffic as scores of people, both old and young, heckled and pushed each other in an effort to catch a glimpse of the revered King of the Ashantis at the funeral grounds.

The Asantehene’s entry was met with the singing of Asante appellations amid wild cheers from the crowd which wanted to catch a view of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for the first time for most of the people.

Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II was welcomed by the Juabenhene, Nana Otuo Siriboe II, and later sat in state at the Yiadom and Hwidie Palace, where various traditional rulers and other dignitaries paid homage to him.

Though scary, this lady could not help but take some picture with this executioner

The atmosphere was a sheer beauty of tradition and culture to behold.

ISAAC AKWETEY-OKUNOR

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