Former President Jerry John Rawlings today [Thursday] joined thousands of mourners in Asanteman to pay their last respects to the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.
He is among the many dignitaries who were expected at the burial rites of the late Asantehemaa.
Clad in Red – a traditional mourning attire at the ceremony at Manhyia in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi, Rawlings will greet and commiserate with the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II who is also the biological son of the late Asantehemaa.
Other dignitaries including Ex-President John Mahama, former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, Members of Ghana’s new Parliament, President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson have all paid their last respect to the Asantehemaa.
As part of the burial rites, the late Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II has been lying in state since Monday, January 19.
She will be buried between midnight of Thursday, January 19 and the dawn of Friday, January 20, 2017 at Breman in the Ashanti Region.
The late Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II died at the age of 111 in November 2016.
By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana
Photo credit: Lauretta Timah