Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II

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Osei Tutu II
Asantehene of Asante; Kumasehene of Kumasi
King Asantehene Osei Tutu II of Ashanti (Ashanti region) Asanteman.png
Osei Nana Otumfuo Tutu II
King of the Kingdom of Asante
Reign 26 April 1999 – present
Coronation 26 April 1999
Predecessor Otumfuo Opoku Ware II
Born (1950-05-06) 6 May 1950 (age 65)
Spouse Lady Julia Osei Tutu[1]
Issue 6 children
Full name
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II
House House of Oyoko Dynasty
Father Nana Kwame Boakye
Mother Queen Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem

Osei Tutu II (Otumfuo Osei Tutu, born 6 May 1950), is the 16th Asantehene, ruler of Ashanti and Ashantiland and the Kingdom of Ashanti, absolute monarch and head of the Ashanti royal House of Oyoko, King of Ashanti and Ashanti Kingdom and the Ashanti people in Ashanti.[2] King Osei Tutu ascended the Golden Stool (throne) on 26 April 1999. By name, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is in direct succession to the founder of the Empire of Ashanti, Otumfuo Osei Tutu I.[2]

Osei Tutu II
Born Otumfuo Osei Tutu
(1950-05-06) May 6, 1950 (age 65)
Kumasi, Ashanti, Ashantiland, Kingdom of Ashanti
Residence Manhyia Palace, Kumasi, Ashanti, Ashantiland, Kingdom of Ashanti
Alma mater University of Professional Studies
Occupation King of Ashanti and Ashantiland
King of the Kingdom of Ashanti
Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology[3]
Years active 1999–present
Net worth Increase US$ 1.6–2 billion (average)[4]
Board member of President and owner of Asante Kotoko SC
Spouse(s) Julia Osei Tutu (m. 2006)
Children 6 children
Parent(s) Nana Kwame Boakye-Dankwa
Nana Afua Kobi Serwaa Ampem, II
Website ManhyiaPalaceOnline.org


He was born 6 May 1950 and named Nana Barima Kwaku Dua, the youngest of the five children of Ashanti Queen Nana Afua Kobi Serwaa Ampem, II, Asantehemaa (Queen mother of the Kingdom of Ashanti). His father Nana Kwame Boakye-Dankwa was from Kantinkyere in Ashanti and was also the Brehyia Duke of Ashanti. Nana Kwame Boakye-Dankwa died on 1 January 2002, in Kumasi, Ashanti.

Osei Tutu has six children. His father had other offspring from other marriages, including Yaw Boateng, Kwaku Duah, Kwabena Agyei-Bohyen, Afua Sarpong and Ama Agyemang (Kumasi, Ashanti), Fredua Agyeman Prempeh, Nana Kwasi Agyemang Prempeh and Nana Kwasi Boachie Gyambibi (Kumasi, Ashanti).

King Asantehene Osei Tutu II's name at birth, Nana Barima Kwaku Duah, is the name of the Ashanti king's paternal grandfather.

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
King Asantehene Osei Tutu II of Ashanti and the Kingdom of Ashanti
Flag of Ashanti.svg Ashanti Empire Flag.svg
Reference style His Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Asantehene ma Asanteman
  • 6 May 1950 – 26 April 1999: His Royal Highness Prince Nana Dua of the Kingdom of Ashanti
  • 26 April 1999 – present: His Majesty The Asantehene (King) of the Kingdom of Ashanti


Osei Tutu had his "O" level education at Sefwi Wiawso Senior High School. He graduated in Philosophy with a first-class degree and degree of Doctor of Philosophy, conferred at a ceremony at The Barbican Centre, London on 11 January 2006.

Ashanti Union with Ghana[edit]

King Asantehene Osei Tutu II of Ashanti, the Absolute Ruler of Ashanti and Kingdom of Ashanti visits National Museum of African Art on an Ashanti official state visit, Washington, D.C.

The Asantehene is highly revered in the Kingdom of Ashanti - Osei Tutu has frequently commented on the works of Ghanaian politicians.[5][6][7][8][9]

He received international media attention after some of the Ashanti crown jewels were allegedly stolen from an Oslo hotel in October 2012.[10][11][12]


Main article: Manhyia Palace

King Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II of the Kingdom of Ashanti resides at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi, the capital city of the Kingdom of Ashanti.[13]


  1. ^ Queen consort Lady Julia Osei Tutu. The Kingdom of Ashanti Monarchy.
  2. ^ a b Kingdom of Ashanti Kings And Queens Of Asante.
  3. ^ "Otumfuo Osei Tutu II - Chancellor". Official Website. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  4. ^ "Millionaires in Ghana: Who is Who?". 17 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Asantehene expresses frustration over Sunshine CITI Project delay". Ghana news Agency, 4 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  6. ^ "Asantehene appeals to all to share in the development of education". Ghana News Agency, 26 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  7. ^ "Asantehene Urges President Mahama & Vice Amissah-Arthur To Remain Focused In Their Work". Ghana News Agency, 24 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  8. ^ "Vice-President Amissah-Arthur pays courtesy call on Asantehene". Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  9. ^ "Asantehene urges teachers to continue working hard". Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  10. ^ "Asantehene's jewel: Norway police release CCTV footage of suspects". P.M. News Nigeria, 13 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  11. ^ Two items in Asantehene's jewel case retrieved. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  12. ^ "BBC News - Ghana's Ashanti crown jewels stolen in Norway hotel". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  13. ^ "Asantehene Calls for More Education on Forest Plantation". Ghana News Agency, 2010-11-04. Web. Retrieved 2010-11-09.

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