Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, were yesterday given a taste of the rich Asante culture when they attended a special Akwasidae Festival held in their honour at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.
A number of chiefs and queenmothers, clad in rich Kente clothes of different colours, with native sandals, necklaces and bracelets to match, lined up to pay homage to Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll, the Asantehene.
Others also presented assorted drinks, sheep and other gifts to the Asantehene, who sat in state in splendid Kente to exchange greetings with Prince Charles and his entourage, as well as dignitaries and well-wishers.
The Royal couple were welcomed to the durbar grounds amid drumming and dancing to kete and fontomfrom.
The durbar was also attended by a number of dignitaries, including the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei Mensah; the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Osei Asibey Antwi; a former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings; the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr David Asante Apeatu; Commissioner of Police (COP) Mr Kofi Boakye; COP Mr Ken Yeboah, and the Archbishop Emeritus of Kumasi, the Most Rev. Peter Akwasi Sarpong.
Prince Charles, in a brief message, said his visit was a moment to celebrate the warm, enduring relationship and shared ambition for the Commonwealth.
He stressed the need for countries under the Commonwealth to continue to maintain closer ties to help advance the cause of humanity.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu noted that Ghana was currently working assiduously to bring down the high rate of poverty, illiteracy and disease.
He encouraged Prince Charles to support the noble cause of making life better for the people.