Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is the king of the Ashantis. Throughout his career, Otumfuo has inspired many with his words and inspiration. Let’s take a look at 9 memorable quotes of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
1. “We have come a long way, but not far enough. There is a tendency of talking the talk but not always walking the walk.”
2. The moment the arbitration takes off, the truth in the matter will come out and peace will prevail
3. “I am not happy with chiefs in the Amasie area where galamsey has taken over the lands, and I say to them that if they sit there and claim that they do not know what’s happening then you’re not fit to be a chief over there. These are matters we are going to take up them again. I don’t care whose job it is to enforce it.”
4. “You can count on me to help in every way to make AAMUSTED an excellent place and a strong partner in the government’s job creation and industrialisation agenda
5. “The galamsey menace is annoying and completely unacceptable”
6. “Don’t let politics divide us”
7. “They [colonialists] have given us our freedom. We still can do better for ourselves, if we should use the independence we have to develop our economies.”
8. “I think Ghana and Trinidad and Tobago should be able to trade among ourselves in the spirit of South-South cooperation because our economies are intertwined.”
9. “We support each other in international business and we see Ghana as a great gateway for us into Africa”
About Otumfuo Osei Tutu II
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, born Nana Barima Kwaku Duah on 6th May, 1950 is the 16th Asantehene, enstooled on 26 April 1999. By name, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is in direct succession to the 17th-century co-founder of the Ashanti Empire, Otumfuo Osei Tutu I.
He is also the Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is the Grand Patron of the Grand Lodge of Ghana and the Sword Bearer of the United Grand Lodge of England.
The Asantehene is highly revered in the Asante territories (Ashanti Region and other parts of Ghana) and is often regarded as the first among equals of traditional rulers in Ghana. Osei Tutu has frequently commented on the work of Ghanaian politicians.
He received international media attention after some of the Ashanti crown jewels were allegedly stolen from an Oslo hotel in October 2012 when he was attending a conference in the Norwegian capital.