The Manhyia palace in the Ashanti region has directed that persons with Asante extraction in other regions should observe the mandatory ban on noisemaking, drumming and funerals following the demise of the Asantehene Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.
It has therefore directed the respective Chiefs in other regions who serve under the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to also ensure that indigenes observe the tradition ahead of the funeral of the Asantehemaa.
Political rallies, parties, brass band, public speakers, concerts, church services and other forms of noisemaking have all banned.
Addressing Journalists at Manhyia in Kumasi, Akyeamehene Nana Nsuasi Poku Agyeman III said families are however allowed to bury their deceased devoid of noisemaking.
‘Traditionally, we are not supposed to announce the ban on her death, but things have changed, hence the need to make it public. Nobody should organise funerals, noisemaking, drumming, you can go on walk, but political rallies amidst brass band is also banned until she is buried. We know that we are in political season but our tradition is also very important, but we are mourning our queen mother which will come on very soon. The ban cuts across all the regions with Asante extraction such as Brong Ahafo, Berekum, Nkoranza, Sekwa, Japekrom, Amanti, Worawora, Eastern region’ he stated.
He indicated that offenders of the ban will be dealt with.
The thirteenth Queen mother died on November 14, 2016.