The Asantehene is the King of the Ashanti Kingdom in Ghana, and traditionally, the wife of the Asantehene is known as the Queen Mother or “Ohemaa” in the Akan language.
The current Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has a wife named Lady Julia Osei Tutu who is also known as the Asantehemaa or the Queen Mother of the Ashanti Kingdom. She plays a significant role in the cultural and social affairs of the Ashanti people and is highly respected in the community.
One of the most popular personalities in Ghana is the overlord of the Ashanti Kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, the King of Asante is undoubtedly one of the most popular kings in the world and definitely one of the most highly regarded.
Just as the saying go=s, ‘Behind every successful man, there is a woman’. In this case behind Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II is Lady Julia Osei Tutu.
Born Julia Ama Adwapa Amaning, Lady Julia Osei Tutu was born to Mr. Stephen A. Amaning (a retired career diplomat) and Mrs. Ernestina A. Amaning. She is the last of 5 children. Lady Julia speaks 3 languages, Twi, English, and French.
Lady Julia and Otumfuo Osei Tutu II married in April 2002 and have 6 children together. She is of the House of Oyoko Dynasty (by marriage).
Lady Julia Osei Tutu received her primary education at schools in London, Accra and in Berne, Switzerland until 1982, after which she entered Wesley Girls’ High School in Cape Coast for her Secondary School education, where she obtained her ‘O’ Level Certificate in 1986 and ‘A’ Level Certificate in 1988.
In 1989 Lady Julia Osei Tutu entered the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghana Legon and obtained a Bachelor of Law Degree with honors, LL.B. (Hons.) in 1992. She continued her law studies at the Ghana School of Law, Accra where she completed the Professional Law Course and was called to the Ghana Bar in 1994.
On completion of the Professional Law Course, Lady Julia Osei Tutu served as a Teaching Assistant in International Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana for a year and also undertook private practice at the Law Offices of Agyemang and Associates, a law firm in Accra.
In September 1995, Lady Julia Osei Tutu was admitted for postgraduate studies at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada and obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Humanitarian Law after which she served as an Intern with Amnesty International’s United Nations Office in New York.
In 1998, Lady Julia Osei Tutu returned to Ghana and joined Ecobank Ghana Limited as Legal/Corporate Affairs Officer. She was also, until March 2002, secretary to the National Partnership for Children’s Trust, which Trust is concerned with the promotion of the welfare of children in Ghana.
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