13:20, 05.Jul 2016
British High Commissioner to Ghana Jon Benjamin has extended a warm birthday wish to the monarch of the Asante Kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who turned 66 years today May 6.
The Asante Kingdom and the British have a war history dating back to colonial times but both cling on to their royal traditions.
Where the British continue to respect and revere the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, the Asante continue to do same for their King, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
Perhaps the most notable rivalry between the British and the Asante in history was the Yaa Asantewaa War in 1900 when the then British Governor of the Gold Coast, Sir Frederick Hodgson, demanded the Golden Stool in the most offensive manner possible at a meeting of Ashanti chiefs.
Although the Asante, led by Yaa Asantewaa, Queen Mother of Ejisu, lost the war to a British expeditionary force, the Asantehene and the customs of the Asante Kingdom today are revered worldwide, perhaps, just as the traditions and cultures of the British monarchy.
Happy Birthday and many happy returns to Otumfuo the Asantehene! https://t.co/QDQysvpuXN— Jon Benjamin (@JonBenjamin19) May 6, 2016
“Happy birthday and many happy returns,” Mr Benjamin tweeted to wish the Asantehene well.
Known in private life as Nana Barima Kwaku Duah, the youngest of five children, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II ascended the Ashanti monarchy on 26 April, 1999, to succeed the late Otumfuo Opoku Ware II.