The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

Kumasi is set to witness a cultural extravaganza tomorrow (April 20) when the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, marks the 20th anniversary of his coronation with a grand durbar.

The occasion will be the high point of the anniversary and thousands of Asantes and well wishers from across the world, are expected to converge on Dwabrem of the Manhyia Palace for the event and share in the joy and glory of the anniversary.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu ascended to the Golden Stool on April 26,1999. On that day, Barima Kwaku Dua, as he was then called, held in his right hand the Busumuru sword, and with his kuntunkuni ( black cloth) dropped to his chest, swore the oath of Asante to be faithful to his people.

The programme is scheduled to start at 12 noon, but all the other chiefs attending the ceremony will sit before the celebrant, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, arrives.

The Asantehene, in all his royalty and elegance, will ride in a palanquin from the Palace to Dwabrem amidst the firing of muskets. Opportunity will be given to the chiefs and invited guests to pay homage to the Asantehene who will sit in state.

The Asantehemaa, Nana Konadu Yiadom, will also ride in a palanquin. Cultural displays from various groups will showcase the richness of Asante culture.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu will deliver his anniversary speech, while the Special Invited Guest, who will be coming from outside Ghana, and the Guest of Honour will also give speeches.

Organisers of the event were tight-lipped on the personalities attending the durbar but President Akufo-Addo will be attending.

Former Presidents Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor and John Dramani Mahama will also be attending.

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