A man has revealed it’s not easy being in a king after listing the do’s and don’ts that comes with the position.
The Ghanaian king simply identified as Bernard Owiredu of Bogyawe Palace at Akwamufie, revealed that he has to follow old rituals such as not being seen in public without an escort or eating alone.
He shared his story with the Humans of New York. Read below;
“It’s not easy being king. I have to follow many of the old rituals. I cannot be seen in public without an escort. I must always eat alone. And the power isn’t what it used to be.
We’re living in a different time. We aren’t battling for territory anymore. We aren’t petitioning the colonies. The palace still rules on minor disputes, but mainly my power is indirect. I advocate for my people when the national government is setting its agenda. I enjoy the role. I want to improve the lives of all my subjects. I want them to have clean water.
I want them to have quality education. But my main focus is development. I want our kingdom to become a tourist hub. The income would transform so many lives, and we have so much to offer.
We have a beautiful river. We have a great history. And we have some of the oldest artifacts in Ghana. In 1680 the Dutch built a castle on our shores, and my people captured it.
It was the first time in history that a black man owned a castle. We held it for several years. Eventually we gave it back, on one condition: they had to let us keep the keys.”