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Sept. 20, 2004

Ghanaian Film Portrays Selection Of Ruler, Cultural Celebration Sept. 23

A Ghanaian film portraying the elaborate ceremonies and celebrations surrounding the selection of a ruler will be shown Thursday, Sept. 23, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 107 of the English Philosophy Building (EPB) on the University of Iowa campus.

The film is called "Ohene nie," which means, "Here is the King" in Twi, an indigenous Ghanaian language. The film screening is free and open to the pubic and is co-sponsored by UI International Programs and the African Studies Program.

This will be a special screening with the film's producer, Irene K. Odotei of the University of Ghana. Odotei will offer remarks before the screening and answer questions after the film. 

This vibrant film documents the elaborate ceremonies and celebrations surrounding the selection and installment of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II as Asantehene (paramount ruler) of the Asante kingdom in Ghana. The events took place in 1999, and they illustrate the complex interweaving of long-standing custom and contemporary global cultures.

The 62-minute film was produced in Ghana in 2002 by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. Kwate Nii Owoo is the director.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this film screening, please contact Walter Jahava at

The African Studies Programs is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Walter Jahava, African Studies Program, 319-335-0128