Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s precious regalia stolen in Oslo, Norway

October 17, 2012

Africa, International

Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s precious regalia stolen in Oslo, Norway

King of Ashanti/Asante

The Chronicle (Ghana)

When Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, packed his precious regalia left behind for him by his great ancestors and emplaned for Oslo, Norway, on the invitation of the latter’s foreign ministry, little did he realize that he would come home safely, but without those regalia. To the astonishment of the great King and embarrassment of his host, the precious jewelry have been stolen from his hotel room, leaving ‘King Solomon’, as he is popularly known in Kumasi, in a dilemma as to whether to attend this morning’s conference, which he is  billed to address, or not.

A Google translation of the report carried by VG Nett, a Norwegian news outlet, yesterday indicated that the theft occurred around 2:00 p.m. yesterday at the plush Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Oslo, but the police got to scene around 3:00 p.m. after they had been hinted about the burglary. According to Marious Erlandsen, the investigator in the case, the police had secured surveillance photos showing that a person went out of the hotel lobby with the suitcase that had been reported stolen. The Chief Executive Officer of (CEO) of Eivind Fjeldstad, the Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA) which organised the conference dubbed Norwegian-African Business Summit 2012, and which is being attended by the Ashanti Royal, expressed regret over the incident.

As the host of His Majesty, we think this is terribly sad. We know that this has great symbolic value to him, Fjeldstad told VG Nett. Sources told The Chronicle that the stolen items were worth thousands of euros.

Tarje Hellebust, President of the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, refused to comment on the theft and referred reporters to the police, The Chronicle gathered. Otumfuo’s delegation also refused to make any public comment when reporters contacted them over the issue. A foreign ministry spokesman, Kjetil Elsebutangen, admitted in an interview that his outfit was responsible for Otumfuo’s visits, but did not comment as to whether the Norwegian government would pay for the stolen items or not.

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Video: Asantehene’s regalia stolen

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Video: The Ashanti/Asante

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Video: Asantehene (King of Ashanti/Asante)

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Video: The Role of Asantehemaa (mother of the Asantehene)

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Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

Education:
Institute of Professional Studies(IPS)-Ghana
Osei Kyeretwie College- Ghana
London Metropolitan University

Born on 6th May 1950 and named Barima Kwaku Dua, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is the youngest of the five children of Nana Afua Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, Asantehemaa (Queenmother of Asante).

From early childhood, Barima Kwaku Dua came under the tutelage of his Uncle, Oheneba Mensah Bonsu who had been enstooled as Hiahene in 1952. Oheneba Mensah Bonsu, therefore, ensured that Barima Kwaku Dua benefited from a childhood of careful grooming in Asante traditions and statecraft.

The young Royal was given his Secondary Education at Sefwi Wiawso Secondary School in the Western Region of Ghana where his guardian was Nana Kwadwo Aduhene II, Omanhene (Paramount Chief) of Sefwi Wiawso Traditional Area. Barima Kwaku Dua returned to Kumasi in 1969 and enrolled at the Osei Kyeretwie Secondary School. He then moved to Accra in 1971 and was admitted at the Institute of Professional Studies, Legon for a course in Accountancy.

Two years later, he travelled to the United Kingdom and continued his Accountancy Studies at the Kilburn Polytechnic. He later attended the London Metropolitan University wher he earned a degree in Human Resource Development and Public Administration. By the time he returned to Ghana in 1989 to establish his own business, Transpomech International (Ghana) Ltd., he had behind him a wealth of experience which he had gathered working as Senior Consultant with Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company of Toronto; Finance Officer at the British firm Oxon, in London; and as Personnel Administrator at the Manpower Services Commission attached to Brent Council in London.

Barima Kwaku Dua’s nomination to succeed his late brother Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, as Asantehene, was received with universal acclaim in the Ashanti/Asante Kingdom and Ghana in general.

He ascended the Golden Stool with a natural gift of calm and radiance, which instantly inspires loyalty and motivates people round him. He learned values of courtesy and tact in dealing with both his peers and subjects; he had grown up with a conviction that traditional leadership rests on a capacity to reconcile, mend, heal wounds and motivate people.

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Installation process of an Asantehene

See link:

http://www.manhyiaonline.org/pages/sections.php?mid=4&tp

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Kings of Ashanti/Asante

1. Osei Tutu I ( Opemsuo)                                                  1680-1717
2. Opoku Ware I                                                                   1720-1750
3. Kusi Obodum                                                                    1750-1764
4. Osei Kwame (Oko-awia)                                                 1764-1777
5. Osei Kwame                                                                        1777-1798
6. Opoku Fofie                                                                        1798-1799
7. Osei Bonsu                                                                          1800-1823
8. Osei Yaw Akoto                                                                   1824-1834
9. Kwaku Dua I                                                                       1834-1867
10. Kofi Karikari                                                                      1867-1874
11. Mensa Bonsu                                                                     1874-1883
12. Kwaku Dua II                                                                   1884
13. Agyeman Prempeh (Kwaku Dua III)                           1888-1931
14. Osei Tutu Agyeman Prempeh II                                   1931-1970
15. Opoku Ware II                                                                 1970-1999
16. Osei Tutu II                                                                       1999-Current

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