Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has won great admiration for the unique brand of leadership he has provided the people of Asante, in particular, and Ghana in general, since he assumed the high office of Asantehene and the enormous responsibilities that go with the position. Ever mindful of the importance of peace and stability to good governance, one of his first tasks was to encourage his people to seek the path of arbitration instead of litigation in numerous land and succession disputes that had plagued Asanteman for decades. This task, he has performed with great wisdom and tenacity of purpose, earning for himself remarkable respect among the people. The vision of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II encompasses education, health and economic development.
He set up the Otumfuo Education Fund to generate resources, as an effort to provide opportunities for quality Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Vocational Education not only in his Kingdom, but also in Ghana generally. In 2000, he embarked upon a vigorous campaign to draw attention to the benefits of individual / group sponsorship of the education of orphaned children. Since its inception the Otumfuo Education Fund has benefited over 5,000 students at various levels of education.
It was his keen determination to enhance the quality of education of Ghanaians that he received the commendation of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, conferring on him the Symons Award in April, 2000.
Besides the underlisted Universities have given him Honorary Doctorate Degrees.
|1. Essex County College Newark, U.S.A.||22nd May 2001|
|2. University of Maryland, Eastern Shore U.S.A.||25th May 2001|
|3. Savannah State University U.S.A.||6th June 2001|
|4. University of Glasgow, Scotland||June 2001|
|5. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science/Technology||15th Dec. 2001|
|6. University of Ghana, Legon Ghana||12th March 2004|
|7. Igbinideon University, Okada, Nigeria||25th Nov. 2007|
|8. Metropolitan University, London||3rd December 200|
To crown it, he has been appointed Chancellor of one of the most prestigious Universities in Africa – Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.
Another initiative of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, is the Health Fund he has established to pursue a basic health care plan whose laudable objectives include financial and material support for the reduction of maternal and infant mortality, glaucoma and other eye diseases, Buruli Ulcer (which has become the bane of many rural dwellers in the Country), as well as the eradication of Guinea Worm disease.
In this direction, Otumfuo is supporting Rotary Club’s campaign to promote inoculation of children against the six killer diseases including polio.
He has also set up the Serwaa Ampem Aids Foundation for children under the leadership of his wife, Lady Julia Osei Tutu to help children who have become victims of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
In his own initiative Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, secured a World Bank grant with the approval of the Government of Ghana for a pilot project. Entitled; ‘’Promoting Partnerships with Traditional Authorities Project” (PPTAP), it has thrown a challenge to our Traditional Leaders to demonstrate their capacity to use their own resources in response to financial support made available by the Government or the World Bank to help develop their communities.
Under the Project, new school, buildings have been built, old ones have been rehabilitated, and teachers residential quarters have been erected with facilities for potable water and electricity supply; HIV / AIDS and general health campaign in co-operation with the state agencies has be stepped up in the rural areas.
The Project has put our traditional leaders into a new learning process to lead their people in community development programmes, and has created awareness of the value of our cultural heritage, including art and artifacts, as well as our traditional court systems in conflict resolution.
Otumfuo’s vision includes the setting up of an Asanteman Economic Revitalisation Plan to promote private and corporate investment in Local Industries, re-afforestation, and irrigation programmes. He has already extended invitation to all prospective investors to Ashanti, with a firm promise of easy access to land.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has brought peace and reconciliation to his Kingdom within the short span of nine years that he has been in power. He has settled over five hundred Chieftaincy and Land disputes: he has established a solid foundation for co-operation between tradition and modernism, by emphasizing the need for tradition to redefine itself in a rapidly changing world without losing its essence.
Since ascending the throne Otumfuo has been the official guest of many world dignitaries including, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, Queen Beatrix of Holland, Mr. James D. Wolfensohn, former President of the World Bank, His Excellency Busumuru. Kofi Annan, U. N. Secretary General, President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Mr. Nelson Mandela, Mr. Don McKinnon, Commonwealth Secretary-General, the President of Ethiopia, the Archbishop of Canterbury, President Alhaji Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone, President Muammar Al Qathafi of Libya King Mohammed VI of Morocco, and President Horst Kholer of Germany.
He has also played host to heads of state including President Alhaji Ahmed Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone Col. Muammar Al Qathafi of Libya, Alpha Konare of Mali, Blaise Campoare of Burkina Faso, Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d’Ivoire, President Horst Kholer of Germany, Messrs David Wolfowitz and James Wolfensohn both former Presidents of the World Bank, H. E. Busumuru Kofi Annan, Don McKinnon, Prince Al-Aweed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, His Royal Highness Prince William Alexander of Netherlands, Head of World-Wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Archbishop of Canterbury, King of Bafokeng of South Africa, President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa of Zambia, Ssabasajj Roland Muwenda Mutebi II, the Kabaka of Buganda in Uganda, Mr. Mkapa former President of Tanzania and Princess Maha Chakari Sirindhorn, Crown Princess of Thailand. Others include Statesmen, International Business Executives and high profile religious leaders and celebrities.
He has also addressed the International Cocoa Organization, London, the Plenary session of the Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa, and many business fora in South Africa, Europe and the United States, including the Distinguished Africa Address in Harvard University, and as Royal Guest of Honour to the 7th Session of the Anyiam-Osigwe Lecture in Lagos.
He recently addressed staff and students of China Foreign Affairs University in China at the invitation of Chinese Peoples Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the African Forum for Heads of State hosted by the President of Germany.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II stands tall as a visionary, a Great Leader of Asanteman, leading in the preservation of cultural heritage as well as combining modernism and tradition to promote the education, health, and economic development of his people.