In a historic and groundbreaking announcement, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the revered Asantehene, has etched his name in history as the first Black Monarch ever to be featured in the esteemed 2024 Pirelli Calendar. This remarkable milestone not only symbolizes a momentous achievement for the Asante Kingdom but also signifies a significant cultural representation on a global platform.
The Pirelli Calendar, renowned for its exclusivity and prestige, stands as an annual testament to artistry, elegance, and sophistication. Published by the United Kingdom subsidiary of the Italian tire manufacturing company, this not-for-sale limited edition calendar, known as “The Cal,” has been a symbol of artistic excellence since its inception in 1964.
What makes this announcement even more extraordinary is the dual celebration that accompanies this historic feat. The 2024 calendar, graced by the illustrious presence of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, will also mark the Silver Jubilee of his reign—a fitting tribute to an era of leadership, wisdom, and unwavering commitment to his people.
Joining the monarch in this groundbreaking achievement is Prince Gyasi, the King’s grandson, who, with his remarkable talent and vision, becomes the first Black photographer to collaborate on the Pirelli Calendar since its inception. His creative prowess and artistic insight promise to infuse the calendar with a unique perspective, encapsulating the essence of culture, heritage, and royalty.
The unveiling of the 2024 Pirelli Calendar promises to be a momentous occasion, coinciding with the celebration of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s Silver Jubilee. The limited availability of 20,000 printed copies, which are not for sale but reserved for select Pirelli customers and celebrities, will bear witness to this historic representation of African royalty and artistry.
This historic achievement amplifies the significance of cultural diversity and representation on a global stage, showcasing the rich heritage and regal elegance of the Asante Kingdom. It stands as a testament to the convergence of tradition and modernity, honoring a legacy while forging new paths in artistic expression and cultural appreciation.
The resounding “Piawwwwwwwwww!!!” echoes joyously across the Asante Kingdom and beyond, celebrating a moment of triumph, representation, and cultural significance that resonates far and wide.