Otumfuo Osei Tutu II celebrated his 73rd birthday in London while he and his wife Lady Julia were present for King Charles III’s coronation.
Since his accession to the throne in 1999, Otumfuo’s birthday has frequently been commemorated by opulent celebrations at home or wherever he goes on May 6.
A viral video on social media showed the Asantehene and his wife Lady Julia dancing on the dance floor to the song “Iron Boy” by Amakye Dede.
Asantehene(King of the Ashanti Kingdom) Otumfuo Otumfuo Osei Tutu II dancing with his wife Lady Julia Osei Tutu during his 73rd Birthday at UK#Asantehene#LadyJulia#Ashanti#KingCharlesIII #KingCharles #KingCharlesCoronation #OtumfuooseitutuII#Otumfuo pic.twitter.com/EsnO7JKXMg— The Kingdom Of Asante (@KingdomOfAsante) May 7, 2023
Guests for the 73rd birthday banquet in London included former president John Agyekum Kufuor, current president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and several subchiefs.
President Akufo-Addo in his speech eulogized the Asantehene for his role especially in promoting peace and stability in Ghana before proposing a toast in his name.
Otumfuo and his wife arrived in the UK last week and met King Charles at a private meeting before joining the coronation events on May 6 clad in Kente. The president also attended the coronation along with First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
Nana Asantehene is the 16th Asantehene, enstooled on 26 April 1999. He was born on May 6, 1950 making him 73 years this year.
His stool name, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is in direct succession to the 17th-century founder of the Ashanti Empire, Otumfuo Osei Tutu I.
He is currently the Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and one of the most revered traditional authorities in the country.