Otumfuo Opoku Ware 11, a traditional ruler in Ghana, and king of the Ashanti opened a home for Commonwealth students and a day nursery in London on Monday (31 July).
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SV King leaves nursery and walks up steps to family apartments
SV INT Newly fitted kitchen and bedroom
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Background: Otumfuo Opoku Ware 11, a traditional ruler in Ghana, and king of the Ashanti opened a home for Commonwealth students and a day nursery in London on Monday (31 July).
The converted block of flats in London's East End accommodates seventy children and forty overseas families, mostly African. The day nursery, which is part of the modernised premises, hears the king's name.
The block of flats is named Kotoko, as Ashanti word meaning porcupine, a symbol of determination in Ghana.
The project grew out of the initiative of the Commonwealth Students' Children Society, a voluntary organisation founded in 1961 by another Ghanaian, Mr. Benjamin Boateng, now the Society's General Secretary.
The Society set up a housing association when studies showed that bad housing among overseas residents led to broken homes. Funds come from trusts and voluntary donations. The king, who is currently on an official visit to Britain, paid the cost of converting the nursery.
The Nigerian Government is also sponsoring the project. They have promised a thousand pounds starling for the development.