The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, is set to receive “The Pillar of Peace Award” during the maiden “African Premier Leadership Awards” ceremony scheduled for Kumasi on December 29, 2019.
The 16th Asante Monarch would pick the enviable award for his crucial roles in helping to restore total peace in the Dagbon kingdom after 17 years of protracted chieftaincy dispute.
“The Pillar of Peace Award” would be bestowed on the Asantehene to openly show to the world that, indeed, Otumfuo stands for peace, unity, development and national cohesion at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi to coincide with the last Akwasidae Festival of the year on the Ashanti traditional calendar.
The awards have been instituted under the distinguished patronage of CIPDH Africa in collaboration with E ON 3 Group, a Ghanaian Business Solutions Provider based in Accra.
E ON 3 Group recently organized the ‘World-Meets-In-Ghana Investors Forum and Executive Dinner Ball’ that saw 31 embassies in Ghana participating in the event in Kumasi.
Other top groups, acting as implementing partners, include GBSH Consult Group Worldwide, UAE-Africa Development Consortium, Future Africa Foundation, Novel Vision and State Enterprises Commission-Ghana.
The organizers of the awards would also honour other illustrious Ghanaians who have in recent times played leading roles to accelerate national growth on the day but Otumfuo’s award would be a standout.
The December event was revealed to Otumfuo when the event organizers, led by Richard Adjei Mensah Ofori Atta, CEO of E ON 3 Group and Prof. Dr. Tal Edgars, Executive Chairman GBSH Consult Group Worldwide, visited the Manhyia Palace.
The E on 3 CEO said “Otumfuo what you have done at Dagbon beats human imagination and so you deserve to be honoured.”
He noted that the Dagbon chieftaincy crisis, which claimed precious human lives, destroyed properties and brought about abject poverty, initially seemed insurmountable but it required the wisdom and patience of Otumfuo and the other Eminent Chiefs for the feuding factions to agree to eventually smoke the peace pipe.
“Otumfuo you have been on the Golden Stool for 20 years and you have used 17 of those years to work tirelessly to restore peace and unity at Dagbon and such a feat needs to be honoured,” he said.
Mr. Ofori Atta disclosed that plans were in the pipeline for his group to partner with a firm in Poland to manufacture special notes with the portrait of the Asantehene as part of the “Pillar of Peace Award” for Otumfuo.
He also said his group would be touring the 20 countries across the globe with the beautiful yellow, black and green colours of Asanteman to create awareness of Otumfuo’s remarkable feat at Dagbon.
The Asantehene expressed delight that the tireless efforts of himself and the rest of the Eminent Chiefs during the 17 long years to restore total peace at Dagbon had been recognized.
He stated that the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi would support E ON 3 Group and the rest of the event organizers in any way possible to help make the African Premier Leadership Awards ceremony successful.