The Queen mother of the Asante kingdom, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II passed away at the 111 years in her palace.
As is the culture with the Asante tribe, a four-day funeral ceremony which ends today has been held in her honour at the Manhyia palace, in the Ashanti regional capital of Kumasi. The queen who is currently being laid to rest was a prolific and illustrious queen who held her people and heritage in high esteem. As such, several institutions in the Kingdom were named after her and others under her proud auspices.
The queen who is currently being laid to rest in Breman was a prolific and illustrious queen who held her people and heritage in high esteem. As such, several institutions in the Kingdom were named after her and others under her proud auspices.
In Ashanti culture which happens to be a matrilineal tribe, one of the roles of a queen mother is to nominate a king and make sure he is installed. The late queen who is also the mother of the current King, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II witnessed the installation of both his son and saw the reign of the late Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, as Asantehene from 1970 to 1999.
Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II reigned for 39 years from her enstoolment in 1977 as the 13th queen mother of the Asante Kingdom after the death of Nana Ama Serwaa Nyarko II who reigned from 1945 to 1977.
As the funeral ceremony took place, people from all walks of life including President Nana Addo, Former President Mahama, Ex-Presidents John Kuffour and Rawlings were all present at this spectacular event.
Here are 40 iconic photos taken by Yaw Pare and Bob Pixel that speak volumes of Ashantis and their beautiful culture.
Let’s have a history and culture class. Shall we??
1. The king is automatically the chief mourner
2. Dodo) ani san de3 )so ntakara ky3 (The hat of feathers)
3. Royal prince of Juabeng
4. The feather king
5. Arrival of chiefs
6. Female Guard
7. Procession of lights
10. Kete Dancers
11. Adowa dancer
14. Women sing songs in honour of the dead and praise to the king
16. Royal dancers
Kontihene division of the Asante kingdom with a pump action gun
18. Royal Guards
20. Ashanti Warriors
21. Queen Mother Of Ejisu
23. An Asante cheif greets his people
24. Northern Entourage
25. Soul captor
26. Warrior throws his shiled in mid-air
27. Little boy dances during funeral ceremony
29. An Akofena
30. Ashanti women chanting war songs
31. The skin of a leopard is used as headgear
32. Chief Hunter of the king
33. Fetish priestess
34. King Of BENIN
35. Former President Kufour and Chief Justice Georgina T Woods
36. Former UN Secretary-General and wife
37. Funerals are a hub for socialization
39. The queen was a practising Anglican until her death
40. Ashanti priestess displaying
She has five children and the King is her last child. Rest in Peace, Nana Hemaa