Idris Elba, a British actor, joined hundreds of Astanteman subjects and visitors in February of this year to honor His Royal Majesty Nana Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the ruler of the Ashanti Kingdom.
The first Akwasidae festival of 2023 was being celebrated at the time.
The actor talked about meeting the Otumfuo and getting the opportunity to shake hands with the holder of the Golden Stool in a recent documentary for the World Gold Council which was monitored by 1Family radio.
I don’t get stage freight, but this was kind of nerve-wracking,” the actor explains before the documentary cuts to his brief conversation with Otumfuo.
Meeting the great man is a true honor because it is uncommon to be allowed a personal audience with the king.
I really can’t believe I’m here, and the king has welcomed me like a prince, he confessed.
The documentary Gold: A Journey with Idris Elba examines the various and frequently unexpected ways that gold and the civilizations it is a part of have changed throughout history.
The actor, who is of Ghanaian origin, set out on a tour throughout the world to investigate the history of gold and learn why its contributions to humankind’s development are still important today.