New Asantehemaa outdoored

Nana Ama Konadu, the elder sister of the Asantehene,Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has been selected as the 14th queen of the Asante Kingdom.

Popularly called “Nana Payin”, she succeeds her own mother, Nana Afia Serwaa Kobi Ampem II, who joined the ancestors at age 111, on November 14, 2016.

This has come barely three weeks after the final interment of the late Asantehemaa.

Nana Ama Konadu in her late 80s, was outdoored at the queen`s palace, within the Manhyia Palace, yesterday, which event coincided with the 80 days celebration of the death of the late Asantehemaa.

The 40-day rites of the late queen could not be celebrated as customs demanded due to the general elections, in 2016, hence the 80-day event.

It was all traditional songs amid dancing to “kete” drums as Otumfuo Osei Tutu sat and received greetings from the chiefs.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu was carried in a palanquin to the ceremony ground,”Bogyawe”, at 3:10pm, after paying homage to the new queen at her palace.

The late Asantehemaa, the biological mother of Otumfuo Osei Tutu, was buried on January 19, 2017 after a four-day burial rites, dubbed “Doteyie” was held at the Manhyia Palace.

She was the 13th queen of the Asante Kingdom and reigned for 39 years after succeeding Nana Ama Serwaa Nyarko II, in 1977.

The new queen, yet to choose a stool name, is expected to sit in state to receive homage from the public on Thursday.

She would fix the date for the funeral rites of the late Asantehemaa.


From Kingsley E Hope, Kumasi

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