His royal majesty Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, the Akwamuhene, was fully adorned in a 400-year-old regalia on Wednesday as he with his entourage made a grand entry to the Manhyia Palace to mourn the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.
According to oral tradition, the Akwamuhene played an important role in the life of the King Osei Tutu of Asante.
He protected him from the Denkyiras and when he was called to take over the Kwaaman stool Nana Ansa Sasraku, provided him with 300 Asafomen from Akwamu to guide him to Kwaaman.
When Nana Osei Tutu arrived, he gave all the men to Kwaaman Asafohene and they became citizens of Asafo and that won the Kumase Asafohene the title Akwamuhene of Kumase.
The visit of Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, the reigning Akwamuhene, to Manhyia on Wednesday comes as the funeral funeral rite of the Asantehemaa winds down .
Businesses have closed in Kumasi ahead of the burial on Thursday night.
Residents have been asked to stay indoors from 7pm tonight till 4am on Friday, as the body of the late Asantehemaa makes its way to the Bantama Mausoleum (Ban mu) and later to the Breman Mausoleum for burial.