Funerals banned in Asanteman until funeral of Asantehemaa

Late Asantehema, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II...The Kumasi Traditional Council has banned all funerals throughout the Ashanti kingdom, until the burial of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.

The decision was taken at its emergency meeting yesterday, after the official announcement by Manhyia Palace of the death of the mother of the Asantehene.

A ban has also been placed on drumming and noisemaking-throughout the Asanteman Kingdom.

Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II died on Monday night, at the age of 111, after reigning for 39 years.

She was said to have died peacefully in her sleep.

An official statement from the Manhyia Palace, announced that the traditional One- Week rites would be performed at Manhyia on Thursday November 24.

The late Asantehemaa was the 13th Queen mother of the Asante Kingdom, and mother of the current Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

She saw the reign of the late Otumfuo Opoku Ware II as Asantehene, who reigned from 1970 to 1999.

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