It is one small step for the king, one giant step for Asanteman-Okyeman relations.
When an Asantehene tried to step foot in Okyeman some 301 years ago, one shot sunk the warrior into a watery grave in the Pra river.
That day in 1717 was Opemsuo Osei Tutu’s last as his dreaded army, victorious in dismantling the Denkyira empire, was halted in their tracks before returning to Kumasi.
That was one shot for Akyems, one giant shot at Asanteman’s imperial agenda.
This is 2018. There is no territory to push for, only poverty to push out. And there is nothing ethnic about a child’s inability to read and write or do simple maths.
And so the two kings – Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and Osagefo Amoatia Ofori Panin – are using their influence to create a deeper sense of unity – that virtue found to have magnetic ability to attract development.
They have used the 75th anniversary of the passing of Okyehene Nana Sir Ofori Atta I credited to have transformed the kingdom into an influence felt faraway at shops of Abossey Okai spare parts dealers in Accra.