Anyone who ascends to the throne of the Asantehemaa of the Ashanti Kingdom must not be someone who is menstruating because the stool she occupies forbids menstruation, 3news.com has reported.
This explains why only elderly women are appointed to the position, the report said, citing Nana Bogya Bia Yiadom, who is Otumfuo’s Kyinehene.
Nana Akohene Mensah is said to have made the remark after Otumfuo chose Nana Ama Konadu as the 14th Asantehemaa.
Many have complained that the new Asantehemaa, is 83, is too old and have expressed fear that she could pass away soon, compelling the selection of another queen-mother.
But Nana Bogya Bia Yiadom explained that she was chosen because the Asantehemaa should always be an elderly person and not a young person still menstruating.
He said as part of tradition, the Asantehemaa must perform some rituals which someone menstruating would not be permitted to perform.
He said there were other qualified women who are older than Nana Ama Konadu and could have selected, but were bypassed due to certain health considerations that could have prevented them from performing their duties effective.
The 13th Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, died at the age 109. She was 70 when she ascended the throne and ruled for 39 years.