The Chiefs and people of Nzema were at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi on Wednesday to mourn with Asanteman on the occasion of the final funeral rites of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.
The totality of the richness of Asante culture was summed up in the appearance and display on not only the Chief mourner - Asantehene - but the unity of purpose with which Asantes from all walks of life put their all in the funeral, reports Kwame Asare Boadu.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu wore a rich 'kobene', a red mourning cloth with a black and ash headgear to signify his state of mourning, but Kuntunkuni - the black cloth- dominated the forest of mourners.
As the Asantehene rode in palanquin from inside the main palace to the Dwabirem, he majestically danced to the fontonfrom drumming amidst the firing of muskets.
A good number of chiefs from the Upper West , Brong Ahafo, Central and Western regions were also at the funeral grounds to mourn with the Asantehene.
Among the large list of dignitaries was the Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbe, the Minister of National Security. Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah, Minister of Tourism, Madam Catherine Afeku, Justices William Atuguba and Paul Baffoe Bonnie from the Judiciary, and a delegation from the Ghana Bar Association (GBA).
Also in attendance was a delegation from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) which included former Chief of Staff, Mr Julius Debrah, the General Secretary of the NDC, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah and former Ashanti and Central Regional Minister, Mr Samuel Sarpong as well Mr John Alexander Ackon, former Ashanti Regional Minister.
Before Otumfuo Osei Tutu arrived at the Dwabirem, an announcement was made for the cessation of musket firing inside the main grounds .
The announcer cautioned that the rapidity with which the firing was going on was not safe for mourners.