American actor and martial artist Michael Jai White has been enstooled as ‘Odupong’ of Akwamu Traditional Area by HRM the Akwamuhene Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III – Akwamumanhene.
In a post on Instagram, Michael who was quite surprised at the gesture expressed excitement over his new title bestowed on him by the people of Akwamu.
It was an incredibly high honor to be enstooled (crowned) a king of Akwamu in Ghana. I am now a Ohene (King) with the title of Nana Akoto lll, Odopon “The Tree With Strong Roots That Does Not Fear The Storm”. I was not expecting this as you can probably tell by the look on my face but I am truly proud to be a part of the Akwamu of Ghana.
My wife @iamgillianwhite is now a Ohemaa (Queen) Queen Mother. It’s fitting because we both had our DNA tests done and both of our African ancestry is primarily West African/Ghanaian. I have come back home to the land my ancestors were taken from…and I will continue to represent and bring awareness to this beautiful land and rich culture.Awkabaa! 🇬🇭🤴🏾👸🏽🙏🏾 #yearofthereturn#AfricanKing#Ohene#Ghana#Africa#fullcirclefestival
Michael was a part of a team of a team of Hollywood celebrities who visited Ghana during the festive season as part of Full Circle Festival; a festival chaired by The Office of His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo and presented by the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Business Development and the Office of Diaspora Affairs.
The Full Circle Festival was established to honor our ancestry by celebrating our heritage and generational legacy.
Michael Jai White is the first black person to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn.
He has since then acted in several other movies.