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Odeneho Kwaku Appiah Commemorates 150th Anniversary of the Sagrenti War In A Grand Style

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Former Constituency Chairman for Afigya Kwabre South in the Ashanti Region, Chairman Odeneho Kwaku Appiah (COKA) has commemorated the 150th Anniversary of the Sagrenti war in a grand style.

Storming the Manhyia palace to grace the Kuntunkuni durba to officially commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Sagrenti war today,he was clad in black Batakari cloth with heavy entourage.

The affable politician,belonging to the elephant party in Ghana has Asanteman at heart hence his always dedication and commitment towards the progress of Asanteman.

His presence at the occasion adds alot of prestige to the great Asante Kingdom which speaks Volume and preparedness of Asanteman in whatever they do.

Chairman Odeneho Kwaku Appiah,one of the unmatched political Messiahs in the political history of Ghana and beyond is happy to witness the return of the regalia of Asanteman which was taken from them during the war around 150 years ago.

Background…..

As part of events scheduled to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, a symposium was held to commemorate the anniversary of the war that led to the signing of the Treaty of Fomena.

This year marks exactly 150 years since British forces looted the Asante Palace, made away with priceless regalia and completely burnt down the Palace and Kumasi under the command of Sir Garnet Wolseley.

As an add-on, a book was launched on the history of the Asantes. The book was authored by Otumfuo Sir Osei Agyeman Prempeh II and edited by Prof. Tom McCaskie.

 

He disclosed that Otumfuo Osei Tutu II will receive the returned regalia from the United States of America on Thursday, February 8 at the Kuntunkuni Durbar. The British British Museum will return their regalia at the Akwasidae Durbar on May 12, 2024.

In a keynote address, Prof. Tom McCaskie commended Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for advocating the return of the stolen regalia. He further stated that not only were the regalia taken, the British also looted gold and gold dust from the then Asantehene, Otumfuo Kofi Karikari adding that, the value of the gold is estimated to be worth more than £2 billion.

He stressed that although the then Asante Kingdom was defeated, she was not annexed and emphasized that Sir Garnet Wolseley’s decision to loot the Asante Palace and burn it down was in line with his personal ambition to lead the British Army.

 

 

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