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
His Majesty (HM) Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II Chatham House, October 2015
Emperor of the Empire of Asante
Reign26 April 1999 – present
Coronation26 April 1999
PredecessorOpoku Ware II
BornOtumfuo Osei Tutu
(1950-05-06) May 6, 1950 (age 68)
Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana
Issue6 children
HouseHouse of Oyoko Dynasty
Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology[2]

Osei Tutu II (born 6 May 1950) is the 16th Asantehene, traditional ruler of the Kingdom of Ashanti in Ghana since 26 April 1999.[3] By name, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is in direct succession to the founder of the Empire of Ashanti, Otumfuo Osei Tutu I.[3]


He was born on 6 May 1950 and named Nana Barima Kwaku Duah, the youngest of the five children of Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, Asantehemaa (Queen-mother of the Ashanti). His father Nana Kwame Boakye-Dankwa was from Kantinkyere in Ashanti and was also the Brehyia Duke of Asante. 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).

Emperor Asantehene Osei Tutu II's name at birth, Nana Barima Kwaku Duah, is the name of the Asante emperor's paternal grandfather.

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Asantehene Osei Tutu II of Ashanti and the Empire of Ashanti
Flag of Ashanti.svg Ashanti Empire Flag.svg
Reference styleHis Majesty
Spoken styleYour Majesty
Alternative styleAsantehene ma Asanteman
  • 6 May 1950 – 26 April 1999: His Royal Highness Prince Nana Dua of the Empire of Ashanti
  • 26 April 1999 – present: His Majesty The Asantehene (Emperor) of the Empire 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 on 11 January 2006.

Ashanti union with Ghana[edit]

The Asantehene is highly revered in the Empire of Asante (Ashanti Region and other parts of Ghana)—Osei Tutu has frequently commented on the work of Ghanaian politicians.[4][5][6][7][8]

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.[9][10][11]


Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II of the Empire of Asante resides at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi, the capital city of Ashanti region and the Empire of Asante.[12]


  1. ^ Queen consort Lady Julia Osei Tutu. The Kingdom of Ashanti Monarchy.
  2. ^ "About Us — The Chancellor". Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b Kingdom of Ashanti Kings And Queens Of Asante. Archived 30 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Asantehene expresses frustration over Sunshine CITI Project delay". Ghana News Agency, 4 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Asantehene appeals to all to share in the development of education". Ghana News Agency, 26 September 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Asantehene Urges President Mahama & Vice Amissah-Arthur To Remain Focused In Their Work". Ghana News Agency, 24 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Vice-President Amissah-Arthur pays courtesy call on Asantehene". Joy Online, 6 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Asantehene urges teachers to continue working hard". Ghana News Agency, 24 October 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Ghana's Ashanti crown jewels stolen in Norway hotel". BBC News. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Asantehene's jewel: Norway police release CCTV footage of suspects". P.M. News Nigeria, 13 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Two items in Asantehene's jewel case retrieved", GhanaWeb, 20 October 2012.
  12. ^ "Asantehene Calls for More Education on Forest Plantation". Ghana News Agency, 4 November 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2010.

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