Manhyia Palace Announces Pre-Burial and Burial of late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem
| Updated Mar 24, 2017 at 2:00am
Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem
The Manhyia Palace has announce the official program for the pre-burial and burial of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem, in Kumasi scheduled from Monday, the 16th to Thursday, the 19the of this month.
The burial ceremony known in Asante as 'Dote Yie' is not the final funeral rite.
Announcing the program at a News Conference in Kumasi, Asantehene's Chief Linguist, Nana Nsuase Poku, said the four-day event will begin from the dawn of the 16th when the body of the late biological mother of Otumfuo Osei Tutu, will be opened for public viewing starting with the paramount chiefs and members of the Asanteman Council followed filing past the body and paying their last respect to the late queen mother.
They will be followed by Otumfuo Osei Tutu who will afterwards sit in state to receive well wishers.
Nana Nsuase Poku noted that a number of national and foreign dignitaries will be arriving for the event for which Wednesday the 18th has been dedicated for such high ranking personalities to also pay their last respect.
Nana Nsuase Poku said the body will be conveyed to the st. Cyprian's Anglican Cathedral on Thursday the 19th for a requiem which will be accessible to only accredited persons.
He said the body will be temporarily kept at the Bantama royal mauseleum.
The Asantehe's chief linguist warned all residents including animals in Kumasi to remain indoors between 6pm on Thursday and daybreak of Friday the 20th when the mortal remains will be sent to the Breman Royal mauselium for interment to avoid any undesirable incident.
Meanwhile, the ban on drumming and noise making still remains in force until further notice.
A number of foreign and national dignitaries will be arriving for the pre-burial programme of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Serwaa Kobi Ampem, in Kumasi from Monday, the 16th to Thursday, the 19th of this month.
The late Asantehemaa died on the 14th of November 2016 at age 111 after reigning for 39 years.
She succeeded the late Nana Serwaa Nyarko. At a News Conference in Kumasi, the Chief Linguist of the Asantehene, Nana Nsuase Poku, said Wednesday, the 18th has been dedicate to the foreign dignitaries to view the body and pay their last respect to the biological mother of the reigning Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, who is the 16th occupant of the Golden Stool.
Nana Nsuae Poku said high profile personalities will be arriving from South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Cote d’Ivoire as well as High Commissioners to Ghana, Ghana’s President, former Presidents, MPs among others will as well pay homage to Otumfuo Osei Tutu who will sit in state from Monday, the 16th after also paying his last respect to the late mother at 11 am.
The prescribed dress code for the entire event is outright black.
Nana Nsuase Poku said a very tight security arrangement has been made for the four-day program adding that it will be devoid of politics.
He therefore warned residents and sympathizers to avoid causing any inconvenience at the Palace.
Touching on other matters incidental to the pre-burial program, Nana Nsuase Poku said parking plan has been made for the visitors with tight security to protect both life and property.
Also, arrangement has been made for the Palace and residents to partner some waste management companies such as Zoomlion to clean the city.
Meanwhile, the ban on drumming and noise making is still in force until further notice.