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Lion Leads Otumfuo To Funeral

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A FIERCE-LOOKING lion heralded the arrival of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to a grand durbar at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi on Sunday and the development immediately became the talk-of-the-town.

The occasion was the ‘Kuntunkunudae’ festival, which was part of activities to mourn the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.

Scores of powerful Asante paramount chiefs, from several parts of the country, graced the solemn occasion.

The arrival of the paramount chiefs was spectacular but that of the Asantehene, as expected, was extraordinary.

Otumfuo, who was also dressed in black cloth with black head gear to match, arrived at the place in a palanquin, amid the playing of drums.

The emergence of the lion sent shivers down the spine of most of the people that converged on the funeral grounds.

The Asantehene was later seen seated on a splendid-looking stool, which was placed on the lion at the durbar grounds.

The occasion was the third-day of the grand funeral rites of the Asantehemaa, which is expected to last for two weeks.

The late Asantehemaa, who is the biological mother of Otumfuo, visited her ancestors late in 2016 at an advanced age of 111.

She was buried at the Royal Mausoleum at Breman a few months ago.

Source: Afua Sarpong Amankwa/ thePublisher

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