Businesses halted in Kumasi as Asanteman mourns late Queen


Businesses in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi, came to a halt yesterday as the Asanteman mourned the late Queenmother, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem 11, who passed on early this year.
Monday, December 4, 2017, which was day four of the fifteenth day observation of the final funeral rites of the late queen, saw the main streets of Kumasi filled with ‘Kuntunkuni’ (deep black cloth) as the Asantehene, joined by all his paramount chiefs to parade the streets firing musketries of various forms and sizes.

Traders were alerted earlier to stay off business on Monday due to the large entourage that was billed to follow the king in the procession.

Not only did they fire musketries, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II also poured libation and performed certain rites at some designated points in the central business district of Kumasi.
From the CBD, the Asantehene who wore the Batakarikese went to the Manhyia Forest to also perform some rites as part of the final rites of his late mother.

Otumfuo who left the palace around 8:00 a.m., to perform the rites at certain parts of Kumasi returned around 3:00 p.m., and sat in state where he received dignitaries who had come from far and near to commiserate with him.

Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, was among the dignitaries who were at the palace to mourn with the Asantehene.