Your Majesty, it gives my wife and myself the greatest possible pleasure to be here in the Ashante Kingdom, and to join you, Your Majesty, and the Ashante people for the celebrations of the Akwasi Dai, which I know is of such great significance to you all.
I also have particularly fond memories of being here in 1977, when I was so graciously received by Your Majesty’s uncle, His Late Majesty Opuku Ware, and have long anticipated this opportunity to return.
More recently, I have had the pleasure of making your acquaintance, Your Majesty, and of joining you at Glasgow University in 2001 at the ceremony to mark the university’s 550th anniversary, when we were both awarded Honorary Doctorates.
On this visit to Ghana as we celebrate a partnership between our two countries, as well as many special ties which binds us with our unique Commonwealth family, it was so important to my wife and to myself that we should come to Kumasi, to pay our respects to Your Majesty and to honour the traditions and values of your kingdom, which continues to play such an essential role in Ghana’s vibrant democracy.
We are both tremendously touched by the warmth of the welcome that we have received here today and can only say how much we admire and appreciate its wonderful celebration of your culture.
Your Majesty, in honour of the traditions and customs of the Ashante, I have brought with me gifts to present to Your Majesty....
Medaase Paaa (Thank You)