Otumfuo@25: “To God Be the Glory”- Asantehene

Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has magnified God for the impact and influence his reign has had on Asanteman, Ghana and the world in past 25 years.

Speaking at his non-denominational Thanksgiving Service on April 26, 2024 at the Manhyia Palace, he stated, “To God be the glory.”

“How do I express my appreciation to God? I am not here in my own capacity. I give him all the credit and praise. He ordained the Golden Stool and chose me to lead in this time…If the day has come to mark my 25th Anniversary, God can’t be excluded.”

He recalled how he swore to be honest and firm in his dealings 25 years ago and said he had done just that through the grace of God, the prayers of clergymen, and the assistance of people around him: Asantehemaa Nana Konadu Yiadom III, his cousins, sisters, his wife, children and grandchildren, royals in the Kingdom, courtiers, and the traditional authorities.

Highlighting the contribution of clergymen to his reign, His Majesty urged them to persist with their prayers for him, saying, “A lot is ahead. We don’t know what the ages ahead hold but with your prayers, I will be able to overcome all evil.”

As part of his 25th enstoolment anniversary, Otumfuo held a non-denominational a thanksgivinig service at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi on Friday.

The event held at the Dwabrem grounds of the Palace witnessed offerings of prayers, worship, praises, a sermon, musical performances by renowned gospel artistes and a speech by the King.

The King and his wife, Lady Julia, as well as the Regional Minister, Hon Simon Osei Mensah, were part of the event.

Clergymen who participated included Most Rev Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo, Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana; Most Rev Peter Kwesi Sarpong, Catholic Archbishop Emeritus; Most Rev Gabriel Justice Anokye, Catholic Archbishop of Kumasi; and Most Rev Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith, Anglican Bishop of Asante Mampong and Archbishop of Ghana and the Church of the Province of West Africa.

Also present were Most Rev Prof Daniel Sarfo, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus; Most Rev Prof Emmanuel Asante, Past Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana; Rev Dr Seth Frimpong Coleman, AE Zion Church; Rev Samuel Yeboah, Ashanti Presbytery Chairperson of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana; RT Rev Stephen Owusu, Kumasi Diocese Archbishop; and RT Rev Nu-Ben Abubeker, Past Kumasi Diocesan Methodist Bishop.

Denominations that were present included the Church of Pentecost, Power Chapel Worldwide, Anglican Church, Faith Convention, Methodist Church Ghana, Deeper Life Bible Church, Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Christ Apostolic Church International, Seventh Day Adventist, Spirit Life Community, International Central Gospel Church, Assemblies of God Ghana, Church of Christ Spiritual Movement, Resurrection Power and Living Bread Ministries, and Embassy of Life Chapel.

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