Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, has paid a historic visit to Awukugua, the ancestral home of the legendry priest, Okomfo Anokye, who co-founded the Ashanti empire in the 17th century.
The Ashanti King also visited Okomfo Anokye?s shrine, which contains some historical and mysterious edifices such as a large rock on which the priest carved a game of oware with his heels, among others.
The visit represented the first time an Ashanti King has ever paid a visit to the land of the Akuapem area since the 1600s.
It was thus a joyous and remarkable moment for the thick crowd of the people of Okuapeman, especially, those from Awukugua, who thronged in to welcome Otumfuo.
Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III, the Okuapehene, welcoming Otumfuo at a grand durbar, which also formed part of his 40th anniversary of his enstoolment, said the visit would remain monumental for posterity.
Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa said the visit was also timely because it came at a time when all chiefs in Okuapeman had united to pay allegiance to one paramount stool, after 20 years of rivalry.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu expressed gratitude to the people of Okuapeman for their massive reception and praised the chiefs for smoking the peace-pipe among themselves.
He impressed upon them to help each other to promote development in their areas and to use the chieftaincy institution to impact positively on the lives of their people.
?We can hold all kinds of big and expensive durbars, if we do not do anything to develop our traditional areas and the lives of our people, then we do all that in vain,? he said.
Otumfuo reiterated the relevance of the chieftaincy institution and urged the youth to pay homage to it.
He urged queen mothers to maintain their role of instilling moral discipline among the youth and guiding them to live upright lifestyles so that they do not depart from it.
Otumfuo urged all to endeavour to eliminate filth in their environment to ensure proper sanitation for healthy living.
Mr Antwi-Boasiako Sekyere, the Eastern Regional Minister, who graced the occasion, urged traditional authorities to continue to build a strong cultural institution to promote development in the country.