Monday (4 February) was an important date in the history of the town of Kumasi near the Lower Volts in Ghana.
GV's crowds dancing to drums (3 shots)
SV PAN Chief carried along street (2 shots)
GV PAN & SV PAN Another chief waving to crowds (2 shots)
GV Crowds in street
GV & SV's procession (4 shots)
GV People in groups
MV's AND SV's citizens queuing to present drinks to Asantehene (6 shots)
GV Drummers PAN TO "executioners" dancing
SV's Chiefs watch drummers and dancers (5 shots)
SV "Executioners" dancing
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Background: Monday (4 February) was an important date in the history of the town of Kumasi near the Lower Volts in Ghana. A hundred years before, the town was invaded by a British Expeditionary Force. Kumasi was sacked and burned, and several thousand Ghanaians killed.
The centenary was celebrated with over a week of services and rituals in memory of those who died. On Sunday (10 February) the Asantehene, or leader, Otumfuo Opoku Ware, was joined by all the chiefs of the Asanti kingdom in a procession through the streets of the town. The chiefs' procession, accompanied by tribal drummers and the Asanti dancers, marked the high point in the remembrance services.
The Asantehene, together with the Kumasi Traditional Council, took the opportunity to appeal to the British Government to return treasures, captured during the invasion, to the Kumasi people. The treasure, which includes jewellery, swords and ceremonial, chairs and urns, was believed to have been taken by the British forces from the Palace and the Museum of Kumasi, and shipped to Britain.