His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo today attended the first Akwasidae of the year 2021 at Manhyia Palace.

Speaking at the ceremony, the president first acknowledged His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and Queenmother Nana Konadu Yiadom III and other paramount chiefs, sub-chiefs and Asanteman in general.

He said “my delegation and I came here with extreme happiness. I was sworn-in as President of the Republic again to serve my second term in the highest office of the land. So this being the first Awasidae of the year, I decided to join the Oyoko family of Asanteman to celebrate this festival as I am an Oyoko as well.”

“I came here to do two most important things. First is to say a prosperous Happy New Year to His Majesty and Asanteman. Earlier this year we saw things on television of which we all were not happy about. Just three days ago we all saw what happened in Parliament but upon all, we arrived at a happy ending.”

“The second reason am here is to thank His Majesty and the people of Ashanti for voting massively for me and the New Patriotic Party. I thank you all. My victory came because of your backing.”

“As I attended church service this morning at St. Cyprians, the Archbishop told me to learn something from what the people of Ashanti did for me in the elections to do something good in return. And I also told him, I have heard him very well. So am promising you that you have a greater share of everything in the last four years of my Government.”

The President concluded by requesting peace and harmony within the House of Parliament and thanked His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and the people of Asanteman again.

The Akwasidae festival is celebrated by people and the chiefs in Asanteman which stretches far beyond present day Bono and Ahafo regions and some parts of Western and Oti regions as well as Asantes in the diaspora. The festival is celebrated every Sunday, once every six weeks in the Akan calendar.

Source: opemsuo.com/ Cornelius Amponsah