UN General Assembly: I Feel Wounded When Africans Are Underestimated - Asantehene

The King of Asante Kingdom, His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has expressed his deepest sorrow over how Africans are underestimated when it comes to managing their own affairs. 

He says before colonization, Africans through the traditional authorities were competently ruling.

He added that even during colonization, colonial masters imbibed that of their system as well as the traditional system to rule the people indicating the strong traditional system Africans can boast of.

Addressing members of the United Nations at the 73rd General Assembly to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the adoption and declaration of Culture of Peace by the UN General Assembly in the US as the Guest Speaker, the Asantehene refuted the perception that inter-tribal differences have been the reason for Africans failure.

He said in Ghana, the country has managed to exploit the importance of Traditional Authority together with Political leaders for a strong coexistence.

“Since my assumption on the Golden Stool, I have realized that the government of Ghana alone cannot be able to address the challenges facing the country, therefore, Traditional Authorities, stakeholders and Civil Societies need to partner to succeed the developmental challenges,” he added.

He said through his foundation he is promoting Education, he has managed to support 600,000 students with scholarships both at the Pre Tertiary and Tertiary Education apart from Good Health, Water and Sanitation his foundation is striving to achieve.

He recalled his contribution in solving the Gabon 17-year-old conflict with other eminent Chiefs which was threatening the Peace and Security of the Country.

In his role on the political front in Ghana as a King, His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II revealed how he made all political leaders signed a bond to exhibit a good conduct before and after the election period within his Kingdom, adding that after the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections; he called on the losing party to accept the result in good fate for peace and stability in Ghana.

For the United Nations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, members need to sustain peace, respectful dialogue, allow free flow and sharing of Knowledge, understanding equality between women and men among other factors.

"No Country can afford to live in isolation in this globalized world, therefore, countries need to work in partnership to make the world a better place to live," he added.