Otumfuo Opoku Ware II was the 15th King of the Ashanti people in Ghana. He was born in Kumasi, central Ghana, then still British colony Gold Coast, in 1919 into the Ashanti royal family. In 1970, he was named ambassador to Italy, but shortly thereafter his uncle, the King of the Ashanti, Prempeh II, died. Due to his legal and political successes, he was chosen to succeed his uncle and enthroned as the Asanthene. As King, he maintained a good relationship with Ghana's presidents. He rarely appeared in publicly and usually had a spokesman representing him. When he did appear, he was as tradition demands covered in gold and wore an intricately woven kent cloth. On February 26, 1999. the King died.
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