Final Funeral Rites For Asantehemaa Slated Dec 1-11
The final funeral rite for the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwah Ampem II, has been scheduled to take-off from December 1-11, the Planning Committee for her final funeral rites has announced.
The funeral will take place at the Manhyia Palace, and in accordance with tradition and custom, a ban will be placed on all funeral rites throughout the Asante Kingdom.
The Committee has, therefore, urged families to bury and perform the funeral rites of their lost ones before the scheduled date.
Briefing the press to officially announce the late Asantehemaa’s final funeral rites on Thursday, November 2, 2017 the Chairman of the Committee, who double as the Otumfuo Kyeamehene, Baffour Nsuase Poku Agyemang, indicated that due to traditional wailing (Ayinam) and firing of musketry (Atrane) from the Manhyia Palace to Adum and back to Manhyia palace by Otumfuo and Nananom, all stores and shops within the main central business district of the Kumasi Metropolis will be closed on Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 5, to pave way for the customary rite.
He directed residents in the Kumasi Metropolis to strictly stay indoors on the night of Saturday, December 9, as a special ceremony will be performed by the Asantehene and Asantehemaa on that night.
There will be various customary rites performed throughout the ceremony as Asantehene will be carried in a palanquin and also sit in state to receive sympathies and donations.
The traditional final funeral rites will be attended by chiefs, foreign diplomats, government officials, the President and ex-Presidents.
Nana Afia Kobi Serwah Ampem II died on Monday, November 14, 2016 at age 111 after reigning for 39 years. She has since been buried.
She was the mother of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
She has been succeeded by her own 83-year-old daughter, Nana Konadu Yiadom III.