Baffour Asare Owusu Amankwatia V also known in his private life as Benedict Owusu Asare was born on July 4 1944 to the late Baffour Owusu Amankwatia IV and the late Nana Afia Akyaa of Ampabame near Bohyen in Kumasi.
He had his basic school education at Bekwai Roman Catholic School from 1950 to 1959. He continued his education at St. John’s Grammer Secondary School in Accra from 1959 to 1964.
After completing his secondary education he worked with his father’s timber firm known as Anthony timbers as a mill manager from 1974 to 1968.
In 1968, his father facilitated his migration to the United States of America. In 1969 to 1973, he worked with various firms including one that dealt with mailing and printing. In the course of his stay in USA he lost his first wife, Alice.
He then came to Ghana and was engaged as the manager of King David hotel from 1982 to 1986.
He had many awards to his credit including a certificate of honor by Pope Benedict XVI.
He was nominated, selected and enstool as Bantamahene on October 7, 2002. Thus, he was named as Baffour Asare Owusu Amankatia V.
Activities has been halted at Bantama over his burial including school activities as schools within Bantama and surrounding areas have seen a closure. The road linking Komfo Anokye roundabout to Abrebo junction has seen a closure.
The burial is supposed to witness the presence of giant personalities in the country as well as some personalities from other foreign countries.
The King of Asanteman, Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, is expected to grace the burial with his entourage. His Excellency John Dramani Mahama as well as Ex President John Agyekum Kuffour are also to attend.
Paramount chiefs across the country are also expected to be around before his final burial today.
His final burial is expected to be done late today. Meanwhile, armed security personnel are at the grounds in numbers to
ensuring safety amidst the shootings into the air which is significant in the burial of chiefs in the country.
He left behind a wife, Nana Afua Framaa III and children and died at age 72.