Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has called upon the youth in his kingdom to refrain from drug abuse and instead channel their energy towards endeavors that contribute to the betterment and development of Asanteman.
Addressing the youth during the Kuntunkuni Durbar at the Manhyia Palace on February 8, 2024, Otumfuo emphasized the importance of following in the footsteps of Asante’s predecessors who worked tirelessly to ensure the preservation of Asante heritage.
“Stop drugs and use your strength for a better course. That was not how Asanteman was built. Our predecessors did it, and we can do it too,” urged the Asantehene.
He reminded the youth that Asanteman owes its endurance to the sacrifices and resilience of its forebears, emphasizing the significance of preserving the kingdom’s legacy for future generations.
“Asante is alive. 150 years ago, the whites destroyed this city but the Golden Stool remained. 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.
The durbar commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Sagrenti War of 1874, during which Kumasi was destroyed, and treasures were looted from the Palace of Asanthene Kofi Karikari. At the event, the Fowler Museum officially returned seven artifacts to Otumfuo, including a royal stool belonging to Asantehene Kofi Karikari, the 10th Asantehene.