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General News of Saturday, 9 December 2017

Source: Kasapa FM

Asantehemaa’s funeral: Curfew imposed on Kumasi tonight

Residents in the Kumasi Metropolis are expected to stay indoors tonight, Saturday, December 9, from 9 pm to 2 am to observe a curfew ordered by the Asanteman Council as the final funeral rites of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem enters the ninth day.

This is to allow for a special ceremony to be performed by the Asantehene and the new Asantehemaa for the late queen mother.

As part of the arrangements, no one is to be seen on the streets of Kumasi; all shops and other business are not expected to operate when the curfew comes into force.

According to historians, the curfew is imposed at the time the Asantehene and the queen mother will go to the venue where the queen mother who has died has been buried, where they’ll go and present certain things including the effigy of the late queen mother.

This ritual is supposed to be a private ceremony hence the decision to impose the curfew.

The final funeral rites for the late queen mother commenced from 1st December and will end on the 11th of December 2017.

Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II died in November 2016, at the age of 111.

She was the Asantehemaa for 39 years. She was enstooled in 1977 as the 13th queen mother of the Asante Kingdom after the late Nana Ama Serwaa Nyarko II who reigned from 1945 to 1977.



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