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‘Otumfuo Is A Worthy Ally’ – Ga Mantse Reflects On Historical And Personal Bonds Between Ga And Asante



The Ga Mantse in a pose with Otumfuo at Manhyia

In a recent interview on Joy News’ Personality Profile with Lexis Bill, the Ga Mantse, Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, delivered glowing remarks about the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, praising him as a worthy ally. The Ga Mantse provided an insightful narrative on the genesis and evolution of their cordial relationship, which has deep roots in both personal experiences and the historical interactions between the Ga and Asante peoples.

Reflecting on their personal bond, Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II recounted the significant moment when their paths first crossed. During his graduation ceremony from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where he earned an MBA, his certificate was presented by none other than the Asantehene, who serves as the Chancellor of the university. This encounter marked the beginning of a strong and progressive relationship between the two leaders.

The Ga Mantse further explained that their connection deepened when he worked as a consultant on the Kejetia market project, a significant development in Kumasi. He revealed a personal connection to the project, noting that his father was the designer of the Kejetia market, thus intertwining their professional endeavors.

Adding another layer to their bond, Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II shared that he lived in Kumasi for over 25 years, where he built a successful business empire in sanitation services that has since expanded to other parts of the country. This long residence in Kumasi undoubtedly strengthened his ties with the Asante community. Interestingly, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II also has personal connections to Accra, having lived in Dansoman and Abelemkpe as a young man before traveling abroad for further studies.

Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II took the opportunity to elucidate the longstanding relationship between the Ga and Asante peoples, emphasizing their historical collaboration in various cultural aspects. He shared personal anecdotes about his father’s extensive work for the former Asantehene, Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, and highlighted the continued amicable relations between the current Asantehene and former Ga Kings, Nii Amugi and Nii Tackie Tawiah III.

Expressing concern over the often hostile exchanges between members of the Ga and Asante communities, especially on social media, Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II underscored his commitment to fostering a positive relationship with the Asantehene. He emphasized that his intention was to set a precedent, demonstrating that unity and cooperation are the way forward for both groups.

In recognition of this enduring alliance, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, is scheduled to visit the Ga State on Sunday, June 9, 2024. This visit is intended to personally thank the Ga Mantse for his significant involvement in the activities marking the Asantehene’s silver jubilee, which took place a few weeks ago.

Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II’s reflections during the interview highlight a significant narrative of unity and mutual respect. His comments serve as a reminder of the rich historical ties between the Ga and Asante peoples and the potential for continued collaboration and harmony.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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