The Queen mother of Asante, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, has been laid to rest. She passed away at the age of 111 years. She was the mother of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the youngest son of her 5 children. She was the 13th queen mother of the Ashanti Kingdom.
The burial rites of the Queen mother took place from 16th January 2017 to 19th January 2017 at the Manhyia Palace. Dignitaries from Ghana and all over the world were in Kumasi to mourn with the Asantehene and Asanteman.
Asante is historically noted for rich tradition and culture. The burial rites of the Queen mother were unique avenues for cultural display of customs, practices and resources. Other major tribes from Ga, Ewe, Dagomba etc came to also mourn and exhibit their cultures, demonstrating the rich cultural diversity and unity in Ghana.
The event was highly patronised on social media. Pictures and videos from news portals in Ghana, the international media, photographers covered the events live with videos, images and updates. Twitter Ghana was also not an exception. With the hashtag #RIPAsantehemaa, tweeps tweeted in celebration of the illustrious role of the Asantehemaa in the traditional and national development of Ghana. Analytics from Twitter show that there were 2,920,855 impressions and 1,381,169 reach on the subject. This included tweets from Ghana, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia, South Africa and other countries.
There was a pronounced curfew in Kumasi on the final day of the burial right. This also trended online with fun tweets.
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