Gleaming exterior, leather interior: Otumfuo’s Rolls-Royce Phantom close-up

A car first used by an Asantehene in 1949, it served the then Asantehene, its successor and now serving the current occupant of the Golden Stool.

This is the story of Asanteman’s Rolls-Royce Phantom that was displayed in all its glory during the 25th anniversary celebration of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

On May 12, 2024, when the Akwasidae-Kese was scheduled to begin, Otumfuo arrived in the ancient Rolls-Royce with its shiny exterior, flying the Asanteman flag and with the Asanteman totem engraved behind it.

In a post about the car on his official Facebook page, the Minister of Energy, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, described it as: “evidence of the strength of cultural identity and the importance of honoring the legacy of those who came before.”

His post, accompanied by photos of the exterior and close-ups of the leather interior, chronicled the car’s recent service in Asantehene.

“Once again, in a show of sobriety, Otumfuo gracefully mounted this car on Sunday, May 12, 2024 to serve his ancestors at the Akwasidae-kese durbar that culminated the 25th anniversary of his enthronement as the 16th occupant of the Golden Stool.

“Hours earlier, the king used the car to serve at Mampenase and Akyremade amidst cheers from the main streets of Kumasi. It was after this, that the resplendent Sika Dwa Kofi, sitting proudly on the shoulders of a courtier, drove him to the Dwabrem. gardens.

“The next day, a day early, he traveled by car to the royal mausoleum in Breman, embodying a deep sense of respect for his ancestors. The spiritual basis cannot be overstated: the spirits of two of his predecessors live in this car.

“In its polished chrome and elegant lines, one finds not just a car, but a symbol of continuity, resilience and adoration for the past. In the hands of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, it remains a beacon of hope for future generations, guiding them forward. , while reminding us of our indelible past,” concluded Opoku Prempeh, himself a royal.

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Asantehene Rolls-Royce Phantom – a timeless symbol of Asante heritage

Ghanaians will fondly remember that during the 63rd Independence Parade held in Kumasi in 2020, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, graced the occasion with a triumphant entry, riding his gleaming vintage black Rolls-Royce Phantom, into the worship. from the cheering crowd.

Indeed, for many, this act of spectacle deepened the incontrovertible power of the king and the Golden Stool whose values ​​he personifies. For others, it was the ever-flamboyant and rich Asante culture in an endless, almost continuous loop: the ancient tastefully and warmly embracing the modern.

Steeped in history and adorned with symbolism, this Rolls-Royce serves as a tangible link to the past, connecting three successive Asantehenes: Otumfuo Sir Osei Agyemang Prempeh II, Otumfuo Opoku Ware II and the current Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

It is said that this is the same vehicle in which Otumfuo Prempeh II traveled in 1949 from Manhyia Palace to Sofoline, to open a new secondary school for boys, my beloved alma mater, Prempeh College.

According to reliable sources, this particular Rolls-Royce model was sold only to buyers whom the manufacturer held in high esteem and considered worthy of honor. Among them were the British monarchy and some heads of state.

As Otumfuo Osei Tutu II marks 25 years of occupying the Golden Stool, the unscathed existence of this Rolls-Royce serves as a poignant reminder of the responsibilities that come with leadership. Beyond the symbols of power, there is the solemn duty to safeguard the heritage entrusted to his care.

In carefully preserving this venerable vehicle, the Asantehene reaffirm their commitment to upholding the values ​​and traditions that have sustained the Asante kingdom for centuries.

The maintenance narrative surrounding the Rolls-Royce is a reflection of Asantehene’s meticulous attention to detail and complete reverence for tradition.

In a rapidly changing world, where traditions often give way to modernity, the sight of the Asantehene procession, with the iconic vehicle at the helm, is a reminder of the enduring spirit of the kingdom and the ease with which our traditional systems are mix with the realities of the 21st century. Technology and trends of the century.

It is a testament to the strength of cultural identity and the importance of honoring the legacy of those who came before.

Once again, in a show of sobriety, Otumfuo gracefully rode this car on Sunday, May 12, 2024 to serve his ancestors at the Akwasidae-kese durbar that culminated the 25th anniversary of his enthronement as the 16th occupant of the Stool Golden.

Hours earlier, the king used the car to serve in Mampenase and Akyre, amidst cheers from the main streets of Kumasi. It was after this that the resplendent Sika Dwa Kofi, sitting proudly on the shoulders of a courtier, led him to the grounds of Dwabrem.

The next day he traveled by car to the royal mausoleum at Breman, embodying a deep sense of respect for his ancestors. The spiritual basis cannot be overemphasized: the spirits of two of his predecessors live in this car.

In its polished chrome and elegant lines, one finds not just a car, but a symbol of continuity, resilience and adoration of the past. In the hands of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, it remains a beacon of hope for future generations, guiding them forward while reminding us of our indelible past.

Long live the king!

Dr. Mateo Opoku Prempeh
Member of Parliament – Manhyia South Constituency

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