I wasn’t introduced to Royalty when I was born – Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

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The King of the Ashanti Kingdom Otumfuo Osei Tutu has said that he was not introduced to Royalty when he was born.

According to him, he was sent to stay with a relative far away from the Palace by his Uncle who was then the King of the Ashanti Kingdom.

Otumfuo made this known at the celebration of his 74th birthday Thanksgiving on Monday, May 6, 2024.

He said even though he gained admission to Prempeh College, his Uncle refused to take him there but rather opted for Sefwi Wiaso where a disciplinarian could watch over him.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II while recalling his childhood said he was made to be under the watch of a disciplinarian until he became the King of the Ashanti Kingdom noting that his Uncle saw something unique in him.

“My mother wanted to leave my father even before I was born but my Uncle insisted on her staying because he needed a boy. After giving birth to me, my mother insisted on leaving and it was okayed by her family. When I was born, my Uncle ensured that I left the Palace and stayed with a relative. Until recently, I thought this relative was my big brother.

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My mother used to visit us just like she was visiting her brother and nothing else. Sometimes, the King of the Ashanti Kingdom came to visit us and I will be serving him but I didn’t know I was royalty. Even when I got admission to Prempeh College, I wasn’t allowed to go. Rather, I was taken to Sefwi. My Osae told me there was a disciplinarian in Sefwi so they took me there until I finished Secondary School.”

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