Opoku Ware II.

Otumfuo Opoku Ware II (* November 30, 1919, † 26 February 1999) was the 15th Asantehene, ie rulers, the Kingdom of the Ashanti in Ghana.


The future ruler was born in 1919 with the name Jacob Matthew Poku in Kumasi, central Ghana, in the then British colony of the Gold Coast in a royal family of Ashanti. At this time, Prempeh I. Asantehene, the 1931 his nephew Prempeh II succeeded. Prempeh II, in turn, was the uncle of Opoku Ware II So Jacob Matthew Poku had was one of several successor candidates for the position of Asantehene, under which select the queen mother or nana Asantehemaa. After an Anglican school visit Poku visited the Adisadel College in Cape Coast. He then worked as a building inspector and 1937-1943 for the Office of Public Works.

He went through training as a surveyor and worked at the Kumasi Traditional Council Hall and the Kwame Nkrumah University. In 1945, he married Victoria, who was also a member of the royal family. In 1950 he went to Britain to study law and was admitted to the bar 1962. After returning to his home country, he worked first in the capital, Accra, and eventually founded a company in Kumasi, the capital of Aschantigebietes. Due to his success as a lawyer Poku won great respect within the policy of the Aschantigebietes. 1968 appointed him to the National Liberation Council of Military Government for Commissioner of Communications.

In 1970 he was appointed Ghana's Ambassador to Italy, but died shortly after his uncle, the Asantehene Prempeh II. Due to its success in the fields of law and politics, he was chosen as successor to his uncle and enthroned as Asantehene. When King used Opuko goods II good relations with the Ghanaian President Ignatius Kutu Acheampong and later the next President Jerry Rawlings. He focused more on the attempt to impose the traditional right of the Ashanti, as to interfere in national politics. Like his predecessors, he rarely appeared in public and was usually represented by a speaker. He appeared in public, he was as it commanded the tradition, dressed in gold and precious Kente cloth.

1995 or 1996, his wife died Victoria. On February 26, 1999, he died and was succeeded by itself after a period of mourning on April 26, Osei Tutu II


Osei Tutu I. | Opoku Ware I. | Kusi Obodom | Osei Kwadwo | Osei Kwame Panyin | Opoku Fofie | Osei Bonsu | Osei Yaw Akoto | Kwaku Dua I. Panyin | Kofi Karikari | Mensa Bonsu Kumaa | Kwaku Dua II Kumaa | Prempeh I. | Prempeh II | Opoku Ware II | Osei Tutu II

  • Ghanaian Ambassador to Italy
  • Asantehene
  • Born in 1919
  • Died in 1999
  • Man