The Asante Professionals Club (APC), under the auspices of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, will hold its 6th Opemsuo Lecture on Saturday, December 11 at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Kumasi.
The lecture will be delivered by Oheneba Akwasi Abayie (Lovelace Prempeh), Otumfuo Akomforehene and the son of Asantehene Otumfuo Sir, Osei Agyeman Prempeh II, who reigned as Asantehene from 1931 to 1970.
Oheneba Akwasi Abayie will deliver the keynote address on the topic: ‘Is the Golden Stool Still Potent in Asanteman’s Contemporary Governance Setting? Assessing the Origins of the Asante Nation and The Genealogical Structure of the Kings and Queen Mothers (From The 17th – 21st Century)’.
The keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion to further discuss and draw lessons from the topic that is relatable to present-day socio-economic development.
The panel will comprise Dr. Akwasi Achampong, CEO of International Maritime Hospital, Yaw Acheampong Boafo Esq., President of the Ghana Bar Association, and Ama Serwaa Nerquaye-Tetteh, the Secretary-General of Ghana National Commission for UNESCO.
The lecture will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Benjamin Baffoe-Bonnie, the Director at Prima Medical Centre.
Speaking ahead of the event, the Media and Research Coordinator of APC, Sylvester Kwame Osei, expressed optimism that the lecture will deepen people’s understanding of the role of past Asante traditional rulers in shaping Ghana’s government systems.
“The current Asantehene continues to inspire political leadership and innovation in the areas of education, job creation, and cultural preservation. The lecture will address the critical issue of the relevance of chieftaincy in the modern state.”
He added that “the lecture will benefit Ghanaians and the diaspora community”.
The 6th Opemsuo Lectures is set to draw an audience of more than 10,000 both in-person and online.
The lecture is an annual lecture event organized by Asante Professionals Club.
It falls in line with APC’s Strategic Objective 1 of promoting and developing arts and culture.
The event seeks to create a unique platform for professionals and traditional rulers to deliberate on Asante development and culture.
The Asante Professionals Club is a professional organization of individuals who contribute ideas and resources to the development of Asanteman.
Established in 2015, the Club undertakes projects and programmes in line with Otumfuo’s development agenda of Asanteman.
In April, 2019, Asantehene launched a $100 million development fund to implement a 10-year Development Plan for Asanteman, an initiative strongly championed by the Asante Professionals Club.
APC has branches in Ghana, USA, and UK.
The 6th Opemsuo Lectures will be live on Asante Professionals Club Facebook page.