British actor with Ghanaian roots, Idris Elba, has recounted the moment he met the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, during this year’s Akwasidae.
Elba famously met the Asante monarch in February during a trip to Ghana to shoot a documentary.
He was captured wearing an impressive kente cloth and looked almost as regal as the king.
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Elba addressed the photos during an appearance on American talk show the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
According to him, he wasn’t even aware he had to wear kente cloth to meet the Otumfuo.
He said he turned up in his jeans and was given kente to wear.
He also revealed he was scared as hell that his kente cloth would fall off and he’d be left before the king wearing just boxer shorts!
“So when you meet the king, typically what you have to drop the kente cloth shoulder down a little bit and then shake the King’s hand. It’s part of the tradition like a symbol of respect.
“This is the first time I’m wearing it and underneath, you just got your shorts on. And my thing kept unravelling. I was like, ‘oh, man, I’m going to meet the king, and it’s going to fall off me and be standing there in my boxers’.”
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The Luther actor said he was glad to not have had any mishap occur adding “I did my thing gently. It was actually a really beautiful time. I don’t mean to make fun of it. It was very beautiful.”
Watch Elba on Colbert below…