Thousands of mourners from all over Ashanti gathered at the Manhyia Palace in the central Ghanaian town of Kumasi too observe the 40th day of mourning for their chief, the Asantehene Sir Osei Agyman Prempeh the Second.
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SV New Asantehene, Nana Opoku Ware 2nd, being carried
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Background: Thousands of mourners from all over Ashanti gathered at the Manhyia Palace in the central Ghanaian town of Kumasi too observe the 40th day of mourning for their chief, the Asantehene Sir Osei Agyman Prempeh the Second. The mourners were led by the new Asantehene, Nana Opoku Ware the Second, who rode among them in a palanquin.
The new Asantehene's appearance in public was the first since his nomination and installation. As custom demands, he arrived at the Palace grounds in the Ashanti capital holding a gun and a sword.
Also among the mourners were a number of high-ranking Ashanti leaders and the Ashanti Regional Chief Executive.
During the ceremony, musicians and dancers performed to honour their dead chief.
When the Asantehene died last May, most of the Ashanti tribe went into mourning. According to one newspaper published after his death, he had worked vigorously towards the restoration of the Ashanti Confederacy in 1935. During his 39-year reign, the longest and most eventful in the history of the Ashanti Kings, the paper said, the Ashanti achieved exceedingly great progress in all fields of human endeavour.
Little known outside Ghana, the Asantehene was the principal of all paramount chiefs of Ghana and last year became the first President of the new National House of Chiefs. Throughout his reign he had worked for peace and stability and numerous honours were bestowed upon him.