On May 6, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the 16th Asantehene, celebrated his 73rd birthday while attending the coronation of King Charles III in London with his wife Lady Julia. Typically, his birthday celebrations have involved grand ceremonies in Ghana or wherever he may be on that day since his ascension to the throne in 1999.
This year, a lavish birthday dinner was held at an upscale location in London, with former president John Agyekum Kufuor, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and various sub-chiefs among the guests. A video shared on GhanaWeb showed Otumfuo and Lady Julia dancing to the music of Amakye Dede’s ‘Iron Boy’ track, surrounded by invited guests on the dance floor. The Asantehene wore a suit with a bow tie, while Lady Julia donned a gray gown.
During his speech at the event, President Akufo-Addo praised Otumfuo for his contributions to promoting peace and stability in Ghana and proposed a toast in his honor. Otumfuo and Lady Julia arrived in the UK last week and met privately with King Charles before joining the coronation events on May 6, dressed in Kente.
As the Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and one of the most respected traditional authorities in Ghana, Otumfuo’s stool name, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, is in direct succession to the founder of the Ashanti Empire in the 17th century, Otumfuo Osei Tutu I.