The final funeral rites of the longest-serving queen mother of the Ashanti Kingdom, Nana Afia Serwaa Kobi Ampem, has commenced at the Manhyia Palace, Monday.
The 4-day ceremony which started at midnight on Sunday includes the performance of a number of rituals at the Manhyia Palace, the seat of the Asantehene, before her interment on Thursday.
The queen mother’s body is expected to lie in state at the Manhyia Palace until burial on Thursday.
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On Monday, January 16, all the chiefs in the Asante Kingdom will file past the body of the queen mother to pay their last respect until 11 am.
After 11 am, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II will file past his mother's body after which he will receive commiserations from sympathisers.
The body of the queen mother will be taken to Breman for burial.
Meanwhile, the Manhyia Palace has directed inhabitants of Kumasi and its environs to stay indoors especially on the night of Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s mother passed away at her palace in November last year.
She passed away at the age of 109 years.