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Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II

Osei Tutu II, originally named Nana Barima Kwaku Duah and born on May 6, 1950, ascended to the position of the 16th Asantehene on April 26, 1999. In terms of nomenclature, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II directly follows the lineage of the Ashanti Empire's founder from the 17th century, Otumfuo Osei Tutu I. 

 
 
 
 

Entry into Royal Household

At the age of about five, Otumfuo moved into the royal household of his uncle, Oheneba Mensah Bonsu, the Hiahene, for early preparation for his future role. 

Educational Journey 

Otumfuo attended Sefwi Wiaso Secondary School in 1964 and successfully completed 'O' Level under the guidance of Nana Kwadwo Aduhene II. Subsequently, he pursued his education at Osei Kyeretwie Secondary School (OKESS) before delving into accountancy studies at the Institute of Professional Studies, now known as the University of Professional Studies, in Accra. Later, he furthered his education at the Polytechnic of North London, where he earned a Diploma in Management and Administration in 1985.

 

 
 

Private Sector Career

Otumfuo held the role of a senior consultant at Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company in Toronto, Canada, from 1981 to 1985. Following this, he served as a Personnel Officer at the HPCC Stonebridge Bus Garage Project in London in 1985. Upon returning to Ghana in 1989, he founded Primoda Financial Services Limited in London and established Transpomech International (Ghana) Limited.

 
 
 
 

Enstoolment as Asantehene

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II ascended to the throne as the 16th Asantehene on 26 April 1999, succeeding his uncle Oheneba Mensah Bonsu. 
 
 
 
 

Role in Restoring Peace to Dagbon

President John Agyekum Kufuor appointed Otumfuo to lead the Committee of Eminent Chiefs tasked with resolving the chieftaincy crisis in Dagbon in 2002. In November 2018, Otumfuo presented recommendations that played a pivotal role in restoring peace to the Dagbon region.

 
 

Personal life

Osei Tutu II is married to Julia Osei Tutu.  

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Foundation

The Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation was officially inaugurated in April 2009. The foundation actively engages in a range of educational and healthcare endeavors, comprising scholarship programs, recognitions for teachers, and collaborations aimed at fostering youth development.

 
 
 
 

20th Anniversary Celebration

Commemorated his 20th anniversary as Asantehene at Dwabirem of the Manhyia Palace, attended by dignitaries from various countries. 
 
 
 

Commitment to Environmental Protection

Announced a commitment to protect the water bodies of the Asante Kingdom through a tree-planting initiative around Lake Bosomtwe.

Destoolment of Sub Chiefs 

Various destoolments of sub-chiefs for reasons such as insubordination, fraudulent activities, and violations of customary procedures, with the latest in January 2024.