Otumfuo Osei Tutu the Second, Asantehene, has paid a historic visit to Awukugua, the ancestral home of the legendry fetish priest, and co-founder of the Ashanti Empire in the 17th century, Okomfo Anokye.
The Ashanti King also visited Okomfo Anokye’s shrine which contains some historical and mysterious edifices, such as a large rock on which the priest carved a game of oware with his heels, among others.
The visit was the first an Ashanti king has ever made to the land of Okuapeman since the 1600s, and it was a joyous and remarkable moment for the thick crowd of people of Okuapeman, especially those from Awukugua, who thronged in to welcome the Otumfuo.
Welcoming him at a grand durbar, which also formed part of his 40th anniversary of enstoolment, Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa the Third, Okuapehene, expressed elation for his historical visit to Okuapeman.
He said the visit would remain monumental for posterity.
Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa said the visit was also timely because it came at a time when all chiefs of Okuapemnan had united to pay allegiance to one paramount stool, after 20 years of rivalry.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu expressed gratitude to the people of Okuapeman for their massive reception, and praised the chiefs for smoking the peace-pipe among them.
He impressed upon all the chiefs to help each other to promote development through chieftaincy, and to use the institution to impact positively on the lives of their people.
“We can hold all kinds of big and expensive durbars, if we do not do anything to develop our traditional areas and the lives of our people, then we do all that in vain,” he said.
Otumfuo reiterated the relevance of the chieftaincy institution, and urged the youth to pay homage to it.
He urged queen-mothers to maintain their role of instilling moral lifestyles in the youth, and guiding them to lead upright lives, so that they do not depart from it.
Otumfuo urged all to endeavour to eliminate filth from the environment to ensure proper sanitation for healthy living.
Mr Antwi Boasiako Sekyere, Eastern Regional Minister who graced the occasion, urged traditional authorities to continue to build a strong cultural institution to promote development. GNA