How Kofi Annan Earned ‘Busumuru’ Title From Otumfuo

How Kofi Annan Earned ‘Busumuru’ Title From Otumfuo
August 23 12:19 2018

download-15Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan death has shocked many souls. This great man indeed led a life for this and the next generation to emulate. Annan, who was born in Ghana in 1938, served as the seventh UN Secretary-General, from 1997 to 2006, and was the first to rise from within the ranks of the United Nations staff. He had been a member of The Elders, a humanitarian group of a dozen leaders and activists of worldwide stature formed by Nelson Mandela, since it was founded in 2007. In 2013, Annan became its chairman.

Kofi Annan was also known as Busumuru, a title the King of Ashanti kingdom had earned for him. But the question is how did this great achieve so great that he had an enormous title from our our King, Otumfour?


In Kumasi, Swathed in traditional kente cloth, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan accepted Friday 16 August 2002 the highest honor granted by Ghana’s Ashanti people in recognition of his service to humanity. King Otumfuor Osei-Tutu conferred the rare title of busumuru, or son of the golden stool, on Annan at a traditional gathering of tribal leaders in Ghana’s second-largest city, Kumasi.

“I and the entire Ashanti state have decided to add your name to the Busumuru title because of your selflessness and contributions to humanity, and (promotion) of peace throughout the world,” the king said as he placed a symbolic gold necklace around Annan’s neck to the sound of traditional drumming

“Busumuru” is the name of the golden sword used by the king to swear allegiance to the Ashanti kingdom at his coronation. Annan, a Ghanaian from the Afante tribe, is the first to be granted the title since the Ashanti kingdom was founded in 1680. Accepting the honor, Annan said his achievements would not have been possible without the support of people throughout Ghana and the rest of the world.


“I share this honor with all good people of the world through whose contributions we are able to get somewhere,” he said. Annan, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, grew up in Kumasi, about 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of the capital, Accra. He arrived in Ghana on Tuesday with his wife, Nane, for a two-week private visit.

The couple attended a state dinner hosted Wednesday by President John Kufuor, where they danced with other dignitaries to rock and Ghanaian highlife music.

Many prominent people in Africa and outside the world today have indeed expressed their condolences to the bereaved family and friends.

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