Hon Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the Minister for Aviation of the Republic of Ghana was the proud host of the Routes Africa 2018 that was held in Ghana with the Ghana Airports listed as the main organiser of the event.
Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine was invited for the event as the head of his new “Saint Ange Tourism Consultancy” and met with Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah at the Official Opening Ceremony. It was the opportunity for the Ghanaian Minister to speak about her family ties with the Ghana Ashanti King who had the pleasure of visiting the Seychelles a couple of years ago when he was Guest of Honour at the 5th edition of the island’s Carnaval International de Victoria.
His Majesty the King of the Ashanti people, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, made a historic visit to the Seychelles to visit the site of his royal family’s exile almost 120 years ago. In the year 1896, at the height of British colonialism in Africa, the British government discontinued the office of Asantehene – the absolute ruler of the Ashanti people – and exiled the then-king, Nana Agyeman Prempeh I, the current Asantehene’s great uncle. 27 years later, the British allowed Prempeh I to return home in 1926 but initially only permitted him to adopt a lesser title, eventually restoring Ashanti self-rule and the title of Asantehene in 1935.
The Asantehene (King) of the Kingdom of Ashanti, His Majesty King Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and his entourage were invited by Minister Alain St.Ange to visit to the Seychelles.
The then Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport, Mr Joël Morgan along with his colleague Minister Responsible for Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy, Mr Jean-Paul Adam and the Minister for Tourism and Culture Mr Alain St.Ange were all the airport to bid farewell to His Majesty King Otumfuo Osei Tutu II when he left the islands after his historical visit.
The King expressed his pleasure after visiting Seychelles and reiterated that the natural beauty of these islands (Seychelles) and the hospitality of the Seychellois people precedes it.
“The Ghanaian and Seychellois people share a rich and vibrant history which translates into our respective nations will to readily progress our developmental agenda, to promote equitable people centred growth of our two countries” said Minister Joël Morgan.