Photo of Asantehene kneeling before the Archbishop of Cantebury appears

play the videoThe Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II kneeling before the Archbishop of Canterbury in England

All over the world, people directly in line with the royal lineage pride themselves in great reverence and especially for kings, queens and other high ranking leaders of society, there are different ways in which they show respect and etiquette.

Kneeling before an elderly person or religious leaders is one of those acts that often shows reverence.

In Ghana, the three main religious groups; Christianity, Islam and the traditional all have varying forms of respect and etiquette.

In the normal sphere of things, kneeling before, say, the Asantehene, would have been a normal display of honor to the Asante king.

However, a rare image of the revered Asante King, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has appeared online where the reverse of kneeling was clearly depicted instead.

Based on the surroundings of the image, King Asante is seen receiving special prayers at the church of the Archbishop of Canterbury in England, Justin Welby.

According to research, the Archbishop hosted the King of the Ashanti Kingdom in Ghana at Lambeth Palace on August 1, 2014.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who is Anglican, was on a private visit to the UK and requested an official visit with Archbishop Justin Welby.

Meanwhile, King Asante traced the close ties between the Golden Stool and the Anglican Church – dating back to the early 20th century when the then Asantehene, King Prempeh, was baptized in the Anglican faith while in exile in the Seychelles.

Since then, the Asante Kingdom has accepted and opened its heart not only to the Anglican Communion but to all churches bearing faith in Almighty God.

In this photo, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, is captured kneeling before the Archbishop. He is dressed in a beautiful traditional kente and in a solemn mood before the man of God.

As Scripture will have in James 5:16; “For the effectual and fervent prayer of a righteous man is useful.”

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