The Asante King speaks at the University of Memphis

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, the Asante King, opened his speech Thursday afternoon to a crowd at the University of Memphis by talking about the importance of education.

“It has been a policy, wherever our leaders have taken us, to seek to engage the youth in the educational system,” the king said. “Not only as a reflection of the priority we have put in education, but also because of our recognition that creating understanding in the youth is the surest way to ensure the future of the world.”

The speech, titled “Contemporary Challenges in United States and Africa Relations,” was a part of the Memphis in May International Festival, a week-long series of programs to learn about the festival’s “honored country,” which is Ghana this year. Memphis in May first picked Ghana as the honored country in 2020, but the pandemic upended the city’s signature festival and events.Organizers decided to honor Ghana this year with national and local COVID-19 restrictions largely gone.

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