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Kutztown, KU officials meet with visiting dignitary

Nii Guate Asuasa Ekase Ako II

Ghana's Nii Guate Asuasa Ekase Ako II, (second from right), supreme commander of the Ga Kingdom, and minister of war, visited Kutztown on Friday. He met with Kutztown Borough mayor Sandra Green (far right), Easton mayor Sal Panto, Jr., (third from left) and KU provost Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, (far left).


July 9, 2012

KUTZTOWN, PA - Ghana's Nii Guate Asuasa Ekase Ako II, supreme commander of the Ga Kingdom and minister of war, visited Kutztown on Friday, July 6. He met with Kutztown Borough mayor Sandra Green, Easton mayor Sal Panto, Jr., and KU provost Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto.


Hosted by Kutztown Mayor Sandra K. Green, Gaute talked about his interests in developing cultural exchange programs with KU and also visited the Kutztown Folk Festival. On behalf of KU President F. Javier Cevallos, Provost Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto invited Asuasa to the university to learn more about programs of interest to Ghana and shared an interest in learning more about schools in Ghana.

Guate's visit was a homecoming of sorts as he is a 1998 graduate of Easton High School, where he played tennis and soccer. After graduating college, Guate coached a youth soccer team and worked as an artisan in a tile shop. In 2004, he returned to Ghana and replaced his grandfather as supreme commander of the Ga Kingdom and minister of war, a title he was anointed with when he was nine-years old.

"It's a quiet town and beautiful places, more laid back, and the university is a very good university," said Asuasa about Kutztown.

Read more: Mission of Peace: King of Ga visits Kutztown (The Kutztown Area Patriot)