The Queen Mother of the Ashanti Kingdom, Asantehemaa Afia Kobi is dead. Reports reveal that the queen, who is the mother of the current Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II died on Monday, 14th November, 2016. She died at an advanced age of 109.
The cause of her death is not yet clear to the media but some sources reveal she died in her sleep.
The Asantehemaa served as the royal mother for 39 years having been crowned in 1977 as the 13th Queen Mother of the Ashanti Kingdom. Late Afia Kobi witnessed the reign of the late Asantehene Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, who reigned from 1970 to 1999.
According to the custom of the Ashantis, emissaries has been dispatched to various palaces of the kingdom, to announce her death. It is also expected that the chiefs will meet on Thursday to make arrangements for her funeral.