Bawumia, others eulogise Otumfuo on his 22nd Anniversary on the Golden Stool From Richard Owusu-Akyaw, Kumasi
A section of the Diplomatic Corps in Ghana has joined well-wishers to extol the Overlord of the Ashantis, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for his meritorious role in the development of Ghana since he assumed the Golden Stool 22 years ago.
The well-wishers included the Vice President of the Ghana, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, all took time of their busy schedules to celebrate the Golden Stool occupant.
A tweet sent by the official twitter handle of the Vice President read: “Happy 22nd Anniversary to Otumfuo Osei Tutu on your ascension the Golden Stool. You have been such a phenomenal leader! We appreciate your inspiration and coaching. May the coming days of your reign be even more fulfilling. We wish you best. Piaw Kotohene!”
The Mexico Embassy to Ghana also tweeted: “On behalf of #Mexico we wish to convey to His Royal Majesty Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II our best wishes of prosperity on this occasion of the 22nd Anniversary of his ascension the Golden Stool.”
Then came Christoph Retzlaff, Germany Ambassador to Ghana, he could not hide his joy. He tweeted: “Congratulations to His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II on his 22nd Anniversary and on his many achievements for Ghana on behalf of Germany.”
In the last 22 years, the reign of the Ashanti Monarch has been marked with numerous legacies which seek to liberate Ghanaian youth from the pangs of poverty, and environmental degradation. The Ashanti Monarch has been an inspirational leadership blended with modernity for the economic and social development of Asanteman and Ghana.
Since Otumfuo Osei Tutu ascended the Golden Stool, he has brought uncountable developments in the Ashanti Region, and Ghana at large.
Under Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Ghanaian chieftaincy has increasingly become a symbol of peace, where chiefs must remain neutral in national politics and should never sell their birthrights to politicians for peanuts.
His unflinching support for education also saw to the establishment of the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Foundation, an initiative which has seen uncountable poor and needy people in society having access to education.
The Otumfuo Community Reading Challenge, which seeks to galvanise the dying reading challenge among Ghanaian children, as well as the Otumfuo Teachers’ Award, where teachers across Ghana are exceptional in the discharge of their duties are awarded, and other educational initiatives introduced under his reign.
Safo-Kantanka continued that Otumfuo also gives grants to schools, after he noticed the challenges some were facing. Such grants include helping schools to build libraries, assembly halls and other infrastructure.
Environmental protection has also been one of the areas where Otumfuo has paid critical attention to.
Aside offering advice to his subjects to refrain from acts which destroy the environment, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has gone ahead to visit Lake Bosomtwe, the only natural lake in Ghana, which is situated within an ancient impact crater that is about 10.5 kilometres in diameter. It is about 30km south-east of Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region, and is a popular recreational area which is increasingly shrinking in size, following human activities such as deforestation, farming, and excessive fishing among others, by communities along the lake to help mitigate the situation.
Speaking to Nana Osei-Bonsu Safo-Kantanka, an officer who belongs to the Research Office of the Manhyia Palace, on the achievement of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, he explained to The Chronicle, that Opemsuo set up a Scholarship Committee as part of efforts to help children. The Scholarship Committee, he noted, was in different forms, naming some as comprehensive scholarship for tertiary, masters, and PhD programmes.
According to him, in the last 22 years, the Asantehene has given over 300,000 scholarships to students, adding that the Ashanti Monarch is still footing the bills of Senior High School (SHS) students, who have gained admission to study in the midst of the Free Senior High School initiative.
Nana Osei-Bonsu continued: “Asantehene, in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service, introduced a special award for teachers where he annually award teachers. All the awards are given out by Otumfuo Osei Tutu to complement the efforts of the government.”
Others areas that the King has lent support to are the digging of mechanised boreholes, toilet facilities, transport, real estate development and communication,” Osei-Bonsu said.
Nana Osei-Bonsu Safo Kantanka also told The Chronicle in a telephone interaction: “Tourism has soared since the ascension of Otumfuo Osei Tutu in Ashanti, and it has impacted positively on the economy.”
According to him, the legacies of the Asantehene have earned him a lot of laurels. He said that the Asantehene had bagged five doctorate degrees from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Glasgow, University of London, University of Ghana, and University of Cape Coast.
On the peace and security front, Osei-Bonsu touts that Opemsuo has aided in making once upon a time troubled enclave of Dagbon a peaceful territory. He noted: “Government was struggling to contain it, but he helped for peace to reign at Dagbon in the Northern Region.”
He has also paid homage to the hometown of Komfo Anokye at Awukugua-Akwapim to cement the relationship between Ashanti and Awukugua-Akwapim.
Okomfo Anokye was a High Priest and one of the two founders of the Ashanti Confederacy, and conjured the Golden Stool, decorated with golden bells, and caused it to descend from the sky where it landed at the feet of Osei Tutu I, the first Asantehene (King) of the Ashantis.
Still on peace and security, Osei-Bonsu said: “When Otumfuo Osei Tutu ascended the throne, he directed that all civil cases in court which have bearing on lands and other issues should be withdrawn from court. He has addressed a number of these cases. He used a few minutes to adjudicate some of these cases, which have been lingering in court for more than 20 years, and both parties gave their utmost support.”