Otumfuo Osei Tutu II
THE ASANTEHENE, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, on Tuesday shared palm wine (‘nsafufuo’), a locally tapped wine, to over 60 paramount chiefs at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital.
That was on the fifth-day of the grand funeral rites of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, who died at the age of 111 and was buried at the Royal Mausoleum at Breman.
The over 60 paramount chiefs, drawn from some regions of the country, paid homage to the Golden Stool.
They were all dressed in traditional war smock and arrived at the durbar ground in their respective palanquins amid the firing of musketry.
Before their arrival at the funeral ground, the paramount chiefs had fired guns in a thick forest behind the Manhyia Palace.
Nana Akwasi Bosompra, paramount chief of Goaso in the Brong-Ahafo Region, reportedly provided the special wine to his overlord, the Asantehene.
Otumfuo, who was dressed in a splendid red cloth (kobini), distributed the palm wine to the traditional rulers.
Baffuor Kantankrankyi, a linguist of the Asantehene, was seen moving from one place to another distributing the stuff.
Former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, and other top politicians were also present at the colourful traditional ceremony.
New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Youth Organizer, Sammy Awuku and Samia Nkrumah of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) were all there.
Ex-Kumasi Asante Kotoko CEO, Herbert Mensah, popular film actor Lil Win and his colleagues also stormed the Manhyia Palace to mourn the late queen.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi