Kumasi schools to close down for final funeral rites of Asantehemaa

| Updated Dec 02, 2017 at 3:28pm



All Basic and Second Cycle Schools within the Kumasi Metropolis and Asokore Mampong Municipality would close down from Monday December 4 to Friday December 8.

Speaking to GBC’s Radio Ghana in Kumasi, the Public Relations Officer of the Ashanti Regional Directorate of Education, Casandra Twum Ampofo, said the closure is to allow certain traditional rites to be performed as part of the two-week final funeral rites of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afua Kobi Serwaa Ampem.

Activities lined up for the final funeral rites include traditional wailing or Ayinan and the firing of musketry in a procession from the Manhyia Palace to Adum.

On Friday, there will be consecration of stools in memory of the late Asantehemaa among other programmes.

Meanwhile, the fortnight final funeral rites kick-started yesterday (December 1), with a rare performance by all traditional priests and priestesses from across the Ashanti region at the Manhyia Palace.

The highly patronized event saw the priests and priestesses displaying spectacular prowess through the use of charms to the admiration of the crowd.

In a related development, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, KMA, has embarked on a series of activities to make the regional capital conducive for the funeral rites. There was a massive clean-up exercise as well as a decongestion exercise to rid the city of unauthourised structures.

In an interview, the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Osei Assibey Antwi, said the exercise forms part of the KMA’s agenda to ‘Keep the City Clean and Green’ to make it live up to its accolade as the Garden City.