Chief wears 400-year-old regalia to Asantehemaa’s funeral

CHIEF RegaliaOdeneho Kwafo Akoto III, reigning Akwamuhene

Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, the reigning Akwamuhene was in Manhyia on Wednesday as part of the funeral rites for the late Asantehemaa and according to reports, his regalia on the day was 400 years old.

According to oral tradition, the Akwamuhene played an important role in the life of the King Osei Tutu of Asante.

He protected him from the Denkyiras and when he was called to take over the Kwaaman stool Nana Ansa Sasraku, provided him with 300 Asafomen from Akwamu to guide him to Kwaaman.

When Nana Osei Tutu arrived, he gave all the men to Kwaaman Asafohene and they became citizens of Asafo and that won the Kumasi Asafohene the title Akwamuhene of Kumasi.

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