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Archbishop of Canterbury awards King in Ghana

by Sophie Drew

The Archbishop of Canterbury has awarded the King of the Ashanti Kingdom an award in an in-person meeting in Ghana.

Most Rev Justin Welby presented the Asantehene with the Cross of Saint Augustine – a Lambeth Award – for “consistent support for the Anglican Church and the nation of Ghana”.

He praised the Kings commitment to education and healthcare, as well as the “tremendous impact” he has had on the “growth and development” of the Church in Ghana. 

Archbishop Justin met with His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at Manhyia Palace, the Asantehene’s official residence, alongside his wife, Mrs Caroline Welby. 

He was also joined by the Primate of West Africa, Archbishop Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith, the Bishop of Kumasi, Oscar Christian Amoah, as well as Archbishops and Bishops from across the Anglican Church of the Province of West Africa. 

In his greeting, the Archbishop praised the Ashanti King and his predecessors for having “preserved the honour and dignity of your throne and of your line through many years, during the British colonial period and afterwards.

He added: “We always remember as Christians, that the greatest model of service was the God who washed his disciples’ feet, the crucified God. That is how to lead, to save and to serve. I know of your own faith and I thank Your Royal Majesty for the example you have given.” 

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