Asantehemaa's Burial GES orders closure of schools in Kumasi

The mother of the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who passed away in November last year, will be buried on Thursday to crown the four-day funeral rites.

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The Ghana Education Service (GES) has ordered all schools in the Kumasi Metropolis in the Ashanti region to close down on Thursday, January 19, 2017, in line with the funeral rites of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.

A letter by the GES to the regional director stated that “…the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Chairman of the Transitional Team has given formal permission for you to close down all schools in the Kumasi Metropolis on Thursday, 19th January, 2017 as one of the measures put in place by the Manhyia Palace to ensure a smooth funeral rite of the late Asantehemaa Nana Afia Serwaa Kobi Ampem II.”

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The mother of the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who passed away in November last year, will be buried on Thursday to crown the four-day funeral rites.

The planning committee in charge of the funeral of the Asantehemaa has warned the public and residents of Kumasi to stay indoors between the hours of 8pm and 4am on Thursday, January, 19 to allow them to carry out the burial.

Chief Linguist of the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Nana Nsuase Poku Agyemang III said any individual who goes contrary to the directive will have themselves to blame.

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Several dignitaries including former President John Dramani Mahama and some members of parliament have paid their last respects to the late Asantehemaa.

Former President John Mahama and John Agyekum Kufuor play

Former President John Mahama and John Agyekum Kufuor

 

Former President John Kufuor, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and President Akufo-Addo have also paid their respects to the late queen mother.

Nana Afia Kobi, the Asante queen, died at the age of 111. She was the biological mother of the reigning king.

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