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Asantehene celebrates ‘Awukudae’ preceding ‘Adaekese’

BY: Kwame Asare Boadu
Ms Sophia Akuffo, the Chief Justice exchanging pleasantries with Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene at the ‘Awukudae’ Festival in Kumasi
Ms Sophia Akuffo, the Chief Justice exchanging pleasantries with Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene at the ‘Awukudae’ Festival in Kumasi

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, on Wednesday celebrated ‘Awukudae’, an important Asante traditional festival, as part of activities marking the 20th anniversary of his enthronement.

The celebration was significant because it preceded ‘Adaekese’, to be celebrated by the Asantehene on April 21, the day he, in all his splendour, will mark as the climax of the 20th anniversary celebration.

‘Awukudae’, an important festival on the Asante traditional calender, is celebrated on Wednesdays nine times in a year in 42- day intervals.
The festival is given added attention and significance when it precedes an ‘Adaekese’.

Nana Adu Gyamfi (middle), Otumfuo’s Adontehene, interacting with Nana Adu Mensah Asare (left), the Amakomhene and Nana Ntow Nyinaah II, the Abankyihene, during the ‘Awukudae’ Festival at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi. Pictures: EMMANUEL BAAH

Rites

As custom demands, yesterday morning Otumfuo was at Bampenase and Akyeremade for the ‘Awukudae som’, literally translated as ‘Wednesday worship’.

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‘Awukudae som’, which involves the invocation of the spirits of the ancestors and the provision of offerings for the shrines for the blessing of Asanteman, occupies the central point of the traditional festival.

Homage

Later in the afternoon, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, dressed in a rich Kente cloth made in the green, gold and black colours of the Asante Kingdom, sat in state at Bogyawe, Manhyia Palace, where chiefs, important personalities and recognised groups paid homage to him.

Some of them presented gifts, including drinks and sheep, to the Asantehene to show their appreciation for the many great things he had done for Asanteman and the country over the past 20 years that he had sat on the Golden Stool.

Among those who were at the Manhyia Palace to pay homage were the Chief Justice, Ms Justice Sophia Akuffo; the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei-Mensah; the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Osei Assibey Antwi, and the Founder of the Israel King of the Jews Church, Nakoa Nazareth Ansah Jamson.