Thousands mourn Oblempong Ababio

Accra, The final journey of the late Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V, President, Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council of the Ga State and Jamestown Mantse, was marked over the weekend with a rich display of Ga tradition and culture.

Held at Mantse Agbonaa in Jamestown, Accra it was witnessed by thousands of mourners from all walks of life, including President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the First Lady Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

Several paramount and divisional chiefs from the Ga State all clad in red and black royal funeral clothes converged at the Jamestown Manste’s Palace grounds to celebrate the life of Oblempong Ababio.

The mourners were led by Nii Ngleshie Addy V, the Acting President of the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Area, who sat in state to welcome the teeming number of mourners who thronged the Jamestown Palace grounds to pay their final respects to the departed King.

Other paramount chiefs, who graced the funeral, include Nii Adjei Krakue II, Tema Mantse; King Odaifio Welentsi III, Nungua Mantse and Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, Osu Mantse.

Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra; Mr Stanley Nii Adjiri Blankson, a Member of the Council of State, and ministers of state were in attendance.

Also in attendance were leading figures from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The Asafoatsemei (warlords) were also at the Palace grounds amidst the booming sound of musketry and the chanting of war songs.

Asafoatsemei from the various families and clans waved their flags and fired musketry as they ran round the casket several times.

Traditional drummers and dancers were also at hand to constantly perform.

Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V passed on December 22, 2017, after ruling for 39 years as President of Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council in the Ga State and as Jamestown Mantse.

Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V, who was known in private life as Mr Ezekiel Quarmina Allotey Cofie and a brand name as Dentist Cofie of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, was born on June 12, 1920 at Jamestown, British Accra.

He was the son of Mr William Cofie of Aflangai Shia, Naa Korle We and Madam Delphina Owoo from Naa Sally We Krotia Division, Adjumaku of the Royal Stool of Ngleshie Alata (James Town) Accra.

Oblempong Ababio was the first dentist in The Gold Coast/Ghana.

Source: Ghana News Agency