Ghana mourns Asantehemaa

The President and the Vice-President of the republic as well as two former Presidents joined the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and the people of Asanteman to mourn the late Queen, Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II as a memorial service was held before her burial Thursday.

Converging on the grounds some few minutes to midday, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice-president, Dr Mahamodu Bawumia joined the Asante Overlord as he sat in state for the last time to bid farewell to the departing Queen and his personal mother.

Wearing a near teary face and flanked by various paramount chiefs of Asanteman, Otumfuo Osei Tutu bowed his head intermittently as the burial service wore on.

Officiated by the resident Bishop of the Anglican Church, Bishop Yinkah Sarfo, other clergy men and ministers of the gospel prayed for the soul of the departing Queen and the people of Asanteman.

Former president John Agyekum Kufuor with his famous walking stick and Jerry John Rawlings as well as the speaker of Parliament,Rt Hon Mike Aaron Ocquaye joined Nana Addo and the Vice-president as they took turns to pay their last respects to the Asante King who sat in state.

The president and Vice as well as the former heads of state received thunderous applause from the crowd while moving into the main arena to commiserate with the King.

The burial service, an event which was largely somber and solemn gave way to intermittently gun firing from various warlords and royal executioners.

With a large crowd of mourners and sympathisers thronging the Manhyia Palace, the media found it extremely difficult to meander their way through the main arena where the late Queen had been laid in state for the last time.

However, the seriousness of the faces of the mourners gave way to momentary shouts of cheers as personalities and foreign diplomats filed past the late Queen moments before the burial service.

The Manhyia Palace after the burial service became an avenue of wailing as the body of the late Queen was lifted from the place it been laid.

At exactly 4pm, the body of the Queen was taken by royal pall bearers whose faces were as scary as the ancient dark forest.

With people rushing home to avoid night fall, the Kumasi city became as dead as the cemetery.

The Queen was billed to be buried at the Breman sacred cemetery which is reserved for royals, kings and queens of Asanteman.

The Asante Queen, many mourners who spoke to the paper attested to her faithfulness to her God and Kingdom and wished her well in the next world.

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