Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is the 16th Asantehene and has been in power since 26 April 1999. By name, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is in direct succession to the 17th-century co-founder of the Ashanti Empire, Otumfuo Osei Tutu I. He is also the Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is the Grand Patron of the Grand Lodge of Ghana and the Sword Bearer of the United Grand Lodge of England.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Early Life
Otumfuo was born on 6 May 1950 and named Nana Barima Kwaku Duah, the third son and youngest of the five children (three sons and two daughters) 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.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Education
Nana Osei Tutu had his preschool and elementary school in Kumasi once he was of school-going age. He attended Sefwi- Wiaso Secondary School for ‘O’ level, Osei Kyeretwie Secondary School for A-Level, and then to the Institute of Professional Studies where he studied accountancy.
Otumfuo also has a diploma in Management and Administration from the then Polytechnic of North London.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Career
From 1981 and 1985, he was a senior consultant at the Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company in Toronto, Canada.
He returned to London in 1985 and became the Personnel Manager at the Manpower Services Commission of the Brent Council. He then founded his own mortgage finance firm, Primoda Financial Services Limited, located on Kilburn High Road, North West London. He returned to his native Ghana in 1989 to start a transport business, the Transpomech International (Ghana) Limited
On the 19th of April 2019, there was a sod-cutting ceremony to launch the construction of a hostel at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). The next day the sod was cut for some other projects like the GUSS Sports Complex, Beach Soccer Park, and Hospital Car Park.
In May 2019, a working committee composed of members of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), the State Enterprise Commission (SEC), and the Asante state’s governance team, presented a report to the monarch for approval.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Wife And Children
Otumfo is a father of six children. His son Nana Kwame and daughter Nana Afia, are the youngest. He married Julia Amaning in 2002
His daughter Nana Akyiaa Bonsu is married to the son of a former vice president of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Net Worth
Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II’s net worth as estimated in 2020 is $12 million. He is the wealthiest king in Ghana and one of the richest kings in West Africa.