Interestingly, Obote had strong alignments with Ghana's prime minister, Kwame Nkrumah, who faced similar contestation of anti-republicanism when the Asantes, another powerful 19th'century West African kingdom, which from 1954-57 also argued for a federal system of government through the National Liberation Movement, desired to make the Asantehene
or King of the Asantes supreme sovereign of the largest group within Ghana.
Organized on the principle of the African Kingship, on November 15th, 1985 in Ghana, the Asantehene
(King of Asante) Otumfou Opoku Ware II (supported by Nana Kwame Akuoko Sarpong, Omanhene (Paramount King) of Agogo Traditional Area) presented the "epoh" Stool to Shekhem Ur Shekhem, Ra Un Nefer Amen I, officially recognizing the Society's Kingship in Ghana.
The establishment would be under the backup of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene
and would be moderated by Mr John Saka Addo, former Governor of the Bank of Ghana and Chairman of the Prudential Bank.
The Asantes have a paramount chief, the Asantehene
- their equivalent to our Queen - who is universally revered by the tribe.
The Sultan of Sokoto in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria, the Asantehene
of Ashanti in Ghana, the Zulu king in South Africa, and the kings of Nso and Bamun in Cameroon are good examples of some African kings for whom politicians and businessmen are at their beck and call.
Dedicated to the memory of Otumfour Sir Osei Agyemang Prempeh II, Asantehene
of the Asante Kingdom, along with 20 Paramount Chiefs
A radio station broadcast an allegation that no less a person than the Asantehene
[king of Asante], Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, perhaps the most revered traditional ruler in Ghana, had allowed himself to be used as a "conduit pipe" through which bribes were allegedly paid to the Supreme Court judges to decide the case against Akufo-Addo
And why did he hold the conference in Kumasi, the capital of the Asante kingdom, when he had been in constant conflict with the Asantehene
(King), who certainly did not want to be 'ruled' by the CPP, led by 'commoners' such as Nkrumah, who was deemed by some as being under communist influence.
You must appreciate that if I get reports about 'galamsey' and we trace it to any particular chief; we know what to do with that; so let us appreciate that," the Asantehene
warned his sub-chiefs.
They are (2) Barima Obeng Ameyaw I, who owes allegiance to the (3) Omanhene of the Techiman Traditional area, and (4) Oseadeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw IV also in the Brong Ahafo region and (5) Nana Baffour Asare II, whose allegiance is to the (6) Asantehene
, (7) Otumfour Osei Tutu II, who is a resident in the Ashanti region.
The Nkosuo Stool of the Ashanti kingdom was introduced by the late Asantehene
, Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, the 15th occupant of the legendary Golden Stool.