His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the King of the Ashanti Kingdom, was awarded the Lambeth Award by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The award consisted of the Cross of Saint Augustine and was presented to the King for his “consistent support for the Anglican Church and the nation of Ghana”. The Most Rev Justin Welby and his wife, Mrs. Caroline Welby, met the King and a number of other dignitaries at the official residence of the King, Manhyia Palace. The Archbishop praised the King for his role in promoting healthcare and education and also for the profound effect he had on the Church in Ghana’s “growth and development.”
Premier Christian News reports:
The Archbishop of Canterbury has awarded the King of the Ashanti Kingdom an award in an in-person meeting in Ghana.
Most Rev Justin Welby presented the Asantehene with the Cross of Saint Augustine – a Lambeth Award – for “consistent support for the Anglican Church and the nation of Ghana”.
He praised the Kings commitment to education and healthcare, as well as the “tremendous impact” he has had on the “growth and development” of the Church in Ghana.
Archbishop Justin met with His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at Manhyia Palace, the Asantehene’s official residence, alongside his wife, Mrs Caroline Welby.
He was also joined by the Primate of West Africa, Archbishop Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith, the Bishop of Kumasi, Oscar Christian Amoah, as well as Archbishops and Bishops from across the Anglican Church of the Province of West Africa.
In his greeting, the Archbishop praised the Ashanti King and his predecessors for having “preserved the honour and dignity of your throne and of your line through many years, during the British colonial period and afterwards.
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