Celebrating 25 Years of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II: The Golden Stool Comes Out

Celebrating 25 Years of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II: The Golden Stool Comes Out

In a momentous occasion marking the 25th Anniversary of the enstoolment of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the revered Golden Stool of the Asante Kingdom has emerged from its sanctum, granting a rare glimpse of its splendor to the world and the younger generation.

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For the first time in recent memory, the Golden Stool, an emblem of the soul of the Asante people, has been unveiled beside its occupant, His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. The ceremonial procession saw the stool carried by designated traditional attendants, draped in white cloth, with its intricate parts delicately handled by others.

Accompanied by numerous treasures of the Kingdom, the Golden Stool took its place at the Dwabrem Ground of the Manhyia Palace, marking the climax of Otumfuo’s anniversary and the fourth Akwasidae festival of the year.

Currently, the Golden Stool sits in state, positioned on a designated seat for Asante traditional rulers beside Otumfuo. As tradition dictates, the stool does not touch the ground, resting instead on a pelt-covered seat.

The significance of the Golden Stool extends beyond its physical form; it is believed to house the soul of the Asante Kingdom, rendering Asanteman indestructible as long as it endures. Reflecting on its historical resilience, Otumfuo emphasized its role in safeguarding the kingdom against external threats.

“Asante is alive… So far as the Golden Stool remains, no one can touch Asanteman. It is the soul of Asanteman and Nananom used their blood to protect it,” Otumfuo remarked during the Kuntunkuni Durbar on February 8, 2024.

The Golden Stool, normally kept in a sacred place, is only brought out on special occasions, symbolizing the enduring spirit of the Asante people. Otumfuo’s Silver Jubilee is commemorated under the theme: “25 Years of Local and Global Impact,” highlighting his significant contributions both within the Kingdom and on the global stage.

[ Story Source: MANHYIA PALACE ]

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