The final burial rites for the late Ga Manye, Naa Dedei Omaedru III, have commenced with Asafo companies (warriors) parading through Accra’s streets while muskets fired.
This announcement was made by the Ga Traditional Council. The Council states that the major burial will occur on October 28, 2023, and the funeral rites, which started on October 15, 2023, will last until October 31, 2023.
Sylvester Parker-Allotey, the Chief of Protocol and Communications for the Ga Mantse, highlighted several activities that will take place throughout the burial period during a news conference that was conducted in Accra and was followed by 1Family Radio.
The ceremony will start with a parade through Accra’s streets led by Asafo companies (warriors). Market ladies will trail the group, bringing food and other offerings to the traditional council as part of the funeral customs.
There will be no funerals or loud noises allowed during the funeral period.
In observance of Ga Many, entrepreneurs must close their stores on October 28, 2023. The only enterprises spared from the shutdown order are traders, banks, table-top vendors, and medical services, including pharmacies and hospitals.
“It is imperative for us to affirm that the funeral will proceed as planned, commemorating the remarkable legacy and contributions of the late Queen to the Ga State and the nation of Ghana.’’
“We hereby announce that on Saturday, October 28, 2023, all commercial activities within Greater Accra will be suspended as a mark of solemn respect and final farewell to our beloved Queen,” Mr. Parker-Allotey said.
Additionally, on Saturday, October 28, starting at 6 p.m., there will be a curfew throughout the Greater Accra area. In order to ensure a quiet funeral on Saturday, the Ga State thus urges the people to support the family and the traditional council by following the instruction to close all stores.
The Ga Traditional Council has been given “firm assurances of full participation from the government, traditional rulers, and other important dignitaries in Ghana and outside Ghana, signifying their deep reverence and homage to the memory of the late Queen,” according to Mr. Parker-Allotey.