President Akufo-Addo leads delegation to Asantehemaa funeral

Kumasi, President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice, Dr. Mahammadu Bawumia, joined huge crowd of mourners on day seven of the 15 days final funeral rites of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.

Among them were Ministers of State, Members of Parliament (MPs) and the Diplomatic Corps.

The governments of neighbouring La Cote d’ Ivoire and Nigeria also sent delegations.

Pope Francis, the Head of the Catholic Church, was represented by the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana and the Church of England would not be left out.

The deceased Asante Queen was the biological mother of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene.

The King flanked by ‘Amanhene’ (paramount chiefs) and Abrempong (divisional chiefs) clad in red and with ring of leaves hanging on his neck sat in state to exchange greetings with mourners.

The funeral has been a public display of the unique culture of Asanteman and the elegance of the Asante Royalty.

The intimidating looks of the executioners, clattering of the swords and the performances by the traditional priests, with their faces smeared with powder, held many spellbound.

The intricate dance performances to ‘kete’, ‘atumpan’ and ‘nwomkro’ by the queens (ahemaa) and other royals was a delight to watch.

In line with Asante tradition, fresh palm wine, was the main drink, mourners were served with.

The curtains would be drawn down on the elaborate funeral rites on next week Monday.

The late Asantehemaa died, late last year, at the ripe age of 111, and her reign spanned 42 years.

Source: Ghana News Agency