HIS ROYAL MAJESTY OTUMFUO OSEI TUTU II
‘In the olden days, kings led their people for war but today, we have to lead the people for development’ – This has been the guiding philosophy of the Asantehene, His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, since ascending to the Golden Stool [Sika Dwa] of the Asante Kingdom on April 26, 1999.
His mediation efforts paid off in 2019 when the people gave peace a chance and allowed for the successful final funeral rites of the late Ya Naa Yakubu Andani II, leading to the enskinement of a new king for the people in February 2019.
In the political arena, when the stakes and tension were high ahead of the 2012 general elections, the Asantehene as always, demonstrated leadership and stepped forward with other stakeholders, to champion a peace pact between all the presidential candidates in the 2012 presidential election. This led to the presidential candidates agreeing to what became The Kumasi Declaration. In the document, they agreed to uphold Ghana’s stability and preserve its democratic credentials by conducting themselves in a manner devoid of plunging the country into chaos. “From today, let’s make the Kumasi Declaration one of the pillars of elections, committing us to avoid electoral injustice and other negative acts,” Otumfuo asked of the candidates at the signing event in 2012. His intervention, ensured peace during and after the elections to the extent that the losing candidate in that presidential election, Nana Akufo-Addo and his New Patriotic Party, resolved not to use violence but the Supreme Court to settle post-election disagreements on some of the results. This gave Ghana plaudits for upholding rule of law and further deepening its democratic gains.
In the area of Education and health, Otumfuo’s contribution has been remarkable. His Royal Majesty established the famous Otumfuo Educational Fund to provide assistance and support, to brilliant but needy school pupils and students across the country. More than 20,000 students from the basic to the tertiary level have benefited from the scheme today. A number of school new buildings have been constructed under the Fund and dilapidated ones have also been renovated while other schools have also been supplied with learning and teaching materials. A teacher award scheme has also been instituted under the Fund to motivate teachers to offer their best.
The Asantehene has for the last decade, ensured massive infrastructural and human resource development at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where he has been the Chancellor of the school. This has improved teaching, learning and training at the school. For the 20 years that he has sat on the Sika Dwa, His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu has reshaped the focus of the chieftaincy institution in Ghana, which some argued, was losing its essence in modern times. His accomplishments have positioned him as one of the greatest statesmen in Ghana now.
THE ASHANTI KINGDOM