Sunday, 23 June

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Jubilee Hall opened

Entrance to the hall

The grand unveiling of the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Jubilee Hall, a fusion of traditional charm and modern sophistication, has taken place within the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi, Ashanti Region.

Juabenhene Nana Otuo Serebuo II revealed the name of the building, while the wife of the Asantehene Lady Julia performed the ceremonial ribbon-cutting, marking the official inauguration.

This architectural marvel boasts a plethora of amenities, including a cocktail lounge, offices, a 2000-capacity fully air-conditioned and acoustically designed hall, approximately 60 washrooms, a spacious parking lot, and a state-of-the-art kitchen.

Addressing the audience, Juabenhene emphasized the harmonious blend of tradition and modernity embodied by the hall's design.

Modeled after a traditional home, the facility features a welcoming hallway with a water pot for thirsty visitors, a cocktail lounge accommodating 400 guests, and a conference hall for 40 attendees. The main hall, akin to the Great Hall at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), is equipped with central air-conditioning.

Upon entering, guests are greeted by intricately detailed walls adorned with traditional designs, including a three-dimensional replica of the Golden Stool, a figure playing the talking drum, and various Adinkra symbols.

The hall's purpose extends beyond mere functionality; it will serve as a venue for private Asanteman meetings, gatherings, symposiums, cultural performances, and other events.

The decision to name the hall after Otumfuo Osei Tutu II aims to immortalize the King's legacy for future generations.

Juabenhene recounted how the construction, initially concealed, became a testament to Otumfuo's vision and leadership. The King's decision to fund the project himself, sparing traditional authorities from financial burden, he said underscores his commitment to their welfare.

Dignitaries graced the ribbon-cutting ceremony, including Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Lady Julia Osei Tutu, Ashanti Regional Minister Simon Osei Mensah, and Brigadier General Michael Opoku, among others.

The dedication ceremony received joint honors from the Archbishop of the Catholic Church in Kumasi, Rt Rev Gabriel Justice Ankokye, and the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Kumasi, Rt Rev Oscar Christian Amoah.






Source: Mensah