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General News of Wednesday, 18 January 2017


I wish I was an Ashanti; they are blessed – Allotey Jacobs

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Allotey Jacobs says he wished he was an Ashanti because the Ashanti kingdom is blessed.

Commenting on the funeral of the Asantehemaa on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo, Allotey Jacobs was marvelled by the rituals and the culture characterizing the event.

According to him, he has lots of respect for Ashantes, saying the culture is “so unique. I’ve come to respect Ashanti culture. When you look at it very well, it’s like the military setup. So unique, extraordinary; I am not surprised that Ashanti Kingdom goes as far as Cote D’Ivoire and so forth.”

The Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, died at the age of 111 after reigning for 39 years.

The Planning Committee in-charge of the funeral has slated Thursday, January 19 as the day for the laying-in-state and burial.

Scrutinizing the funeral arrangements, Allotey Jacobs was mesmerized by the cultural displays at the Manhyia Palace and so wished “to be an Ashanti. That’s what I will say. When you look at the unity, you see that the Asantehene is the epitome of Asante Kingdom or the Ashantis. When the King rises, thousands rise. This kingdom is blessed.”

He also wished the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, well.