It’s been day three of Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, Asantehemaa’s funeral and almost the whole country has been thrown into mourning, which has subsequently also been a gallant display of Ghanaian Culture.
The array of dignitaries arriving at the funeral grounds in Manhyia Palace to express their condolences to the Asante Kingdom can not be overemphasized.
This is what Oheneyere Gifty Anti has to say about her Chief, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto II, King of Akwamu Traditional who rather did NOT appear at the Palace in black cloth like many to mourn the 111 year old Queen Mother.
She wrote on her instagram page:
“Well let me tell you why Odeneho Kwafo Akoto II, King of Akwamu Traditional area is wearing that cloth. History has it that Nana Osei Tutu I went to Akwamu (if you know the history of Akwamu, they are warriors who fought and captured and ruled many parts of Ghana, Ivory Coast and Dahomey, present day Benin).
So Osei Tutu went to learn tradition and culture from Akwamu and When he (Nana ‘Sei Tutu Panin) was leaving Akwamu after learning from his benefactor, Ansah Sasraku, the then king of Akwamu, gave him his war regalia, ‘patakari kesi3’ which Otumfour still wears up till today. So the Akwamuhene swore not to wear ‘patakari’ to war again. The cloth he is wearing now, dates hundreds of years, 400 years. It is called the Mahony. It is bullet proof. The only thing that cloth can’t stop according to history is a stone (stones). Akwamuhene is till date the only chief who wears a ‘cloth’ to war. Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III first wore this cloth when we buried his mother last year. And because of the love he has for his brother and ‘student’, he decided to wear it again today. Akwamu, has a lot of history.
Wealth OR Royalty? Odeneho Kwafo Akoto II also arrived at Manhyia with his car under umbrellas.