ASANTEHENE Otumfuo Osei Tutu II was accorded a rousing welcome at the Seychelles International Airport on Wednesday.
The king is in the country, situated in the Indian Ocean, as a guest of honour for the Carnival International de Victoria, being held there.
This year’s carnival would be attended by people from 29 countries who would showcase their culture in the form of music and dance.
Top government officials of the host country and their counterparts from Ghana, including Ms Ofosu Agyare, Tourism Minister, were at the airport to welcome the king.
The Asantehene was accompanied by Kojo Bonsu, the Kumasi Mayor, and some selected top chiefs from Asanteman.
News of Otumfuo’s visit to the country, which had spread like wild fire, attracted many local people to the airport.
Seychelles Island has historical links with Asanteman which dates back to over hundred years.
The British in 1896 sent into exile King Prempeh I, the then Asantehene, and some other Asante chiefs to the Seychelles Island.
This was after the Asantes, who were said to be very brave, had waged a series of wars against the British.
Some descendants of King Prempeh I are still living on the Seychelles Island where they consider as their home.
The Asantehene is expected to deliver a powerful message during the opening of this year’s carnival, which is an annual affair.
Sources close to the king hinted that he would visit some historical locations in the country during his short stay.
He would particularly visit the place where his uncle, King Prempeh I, lived in that country.
He would also meet and interact with the relatives of King Prempeh I, which would certainly spark emotions.
The Asantehene would also hold bilateral talks with President James Michel of Seychelles, geared towards boosting the relationship between the two countries.