Nana Addo, Kufuor, Kofi Annan, Other Dignitaries Pay Last Respect to Asantehemaa

As the late Asantehemaa funeral rites is ongoing at the Manhyia Palace, President Akufo-Addo and other dignitaries joined Otumfuo to mourn his late mother 

The Asahanti Kingdom is currently abuzz with series of funeral activities for the burial of the Queen Mother of the Kingdom, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II who died in November, 2016 at the age of 111.

The body of the Asantehemaa, late Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II has been laid in state at the Manhyia palace since Monday, awaiting final burial. Thousands of mourners including families, friends, well wishers, etc, are expected to file past the body to pay their last respect to the dead Queen Mother. Tributes upon tributes have also been pouring in from all angles in honour of the late Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.

See: Otumfuo’s Touching Tribute to Late Mother

Among Nana Addo’s entourage were UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan; former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor, and the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin. They all joined Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II to file past his late mother in last respect yesterday, Monday, January 16.

Owing to the cultural requirements for the Asantehemaa funeral, The Manhyia Palace has warned residents not to been seen outside from Bantama to Breman between 6:00 pm on Thursday and 3:00 am on Friday, January 20. It also stated that it will not be held responsible for lives lost within that period. However, essential and utility workers have been exempted from the ban in movement.

The Asantehemaa funeral is a four-day rites which starts with the laying in state of the body of the late Queen Mother. The late Queen mother’s remains will lay in state from Monday to Thursday when the final burial rites and interment will take place at Breman. Click here to find out more interesting facts about the Asantehemaa funeral.