HIS ROYAL Majesty, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, the divine person and one of the three pillars of Asanteman, who was rumoured dead recently, literally ‘resurrected from the dead’ as his convoy cruised through the principal streets of Kumasi yesterday afternoon, amid cheers and merry making by residents.
The Asantehene acknowledged cheers from residents as he passed through the streets, with members of the entourage clad in white, as a symbol of victory over ‘death’. That was hours after he had returned to Kumasi from a private trip to South Africa.
The Asante King made his first public appearance since he left Ghana on January 11, 2014, when he witnessed the Ghana-Libya finale of the CHAN tournament last Saturday.
Last week Thursday, members of the Asante Youth Association (AYA) angrily reacted to wild rumours of the death of Otumfuo Osei Tutu in far away South Africa.
The King’s ‘resurrection’ confirmed the assertion last week by AYA President, Nana Agyenim Boateng that ‘the King is strongly alive and kicking and that rumours about his death were figment of the imagination of people’.
Nana Akwasi Agyeman, alias Okumkom, an Ashanti royal, had also condemned the rumours and questioned what they seek to gain by such rumours. He questioned whose business it was if indeed the King had passed on.
In April 2007 when similar rumours did the rounds that the Asantehene was dead,
Otumfuo on ‘resurrecting’ three days before Easter in April 2007, condemned the peddling of falsehood and cautioned rumour mongers to refrain from the practice, because it was ‘an unproductive attitude’.
The Asantehene, Opemsuo Osei Tutu is expected to preside over a meeting of Asanteman Council on Monday, February 10, 2014.
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