The Kuntunkuni Durbar at the Manhyia Palace on Thursday, February 8, 2024, witnessed a unique appearance by Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Monarch of the Asante Kingdom, diverging from his usual regal attire adorned with gold ornaments.
In a symbolic gesture, Otumfuo’s attire conveyed a message of strength and resilience, reflecting the spirit of Asanteman. Instead of the customary gold accessories, he wore a tiger-skin headgear symbolizing the fearsomeness of the Asante King in battle.
His attire, including the “sumanmma” worn during battles and the “nsɔ me nhwƐ” cloth signifying “Do Not Provoke Me,” underscored the King’s unwavering resolve and the might of Asanteman.
The Durbar commemorated the Sagrenti War of 1874, during which British soldiers, led by Sir Garnet Wolseley, attacked Kumasi, leaving the city in ruins. Otumfuo described the war as an unprovoked attack on Asanteman and emphasized the kingdom’s resilience.
Addressing the gathering, Otumfuo issued a stern warning against politicians and others plotting against Asanteman, reaffirming its independence and indestructibility.
He highlighted the significance of the Golden Stool, Asanteman’s symbol of unity, which remained untouched despite various attempts to destroy it.
Otumfuo’s symbolic appearance served as a reminder of Asanteman’s enduring spirit and its unwavering commitment to unity and resilience in the face of adversity.