Pictures you should see☺(Saying goodbye to a royal)

Hey everyone! 

I’m going to show you images from the funeral of the Queen mother of the Asante land. You remember I told you I’m an Akan. I belong to the Akan tribe called Ashanti (corrupted name given to us by the Europeans).  Well I can’t be prouder about my culture.

Before I start, know that for Asantes funerals are a big deal! So the burial of the Queen mother herself is an even bigger deal. That’s why four days were set aside for her burial.

Here are some images I would like to share with you.


This is the chief of the Asante kingdom surrounded by his elders. He’s Nana Otumfuor Osei Tutu II. Just so you know, the swords they’re holding are made of pure gold. They’re wearing black because it’s a day of mourning (duhh) but on an ordinary day the Asantehene (Chief of the Asante kingdom) looks more like this

He’s clothed in pure gold and the royal cloth called kente.


There was a lot of dancing at the burial with every graceful move having it’s own meaning.

The dance of Asantes (as well as other Akans) is called Adowa.


There were local warriors or should I say protectors of the land called Abrafuor. I don’t know if I should call them soldiers because in the past they used to fight wars and win battles for the Asante empire. Right now, they mainly protect the Asantehene.

They look pretty scary for good reasons. 


There were priests too. Asantes weren’t Christians before the coming of the Europeans. We believed in the gods. We believed in instant punishment from the gods. We believed that when we live right and we die we become ancestors and have the opportunity to protect our descendants. We believed in the ability of the gods to manifest through chosen people.   These people are the priests and priestesses (akomfour). This is what they look like

Other chiefs from other tribes came to pay their respects.

Here is the Akwamuhene(Chief of the Akwamu kingdom). What he’s wearing is 400 years old. What??

Here are other chiefs present

From the northern region of Ghana

 Seated from other regions

Okay now how can I  not talk about the old Asantehemaa herself?

Now here she lies

 Here is her replacement


You can always visit the palace of the Otumfuor in the capital of the Asante kingdom ( Kumasi)

Here’s a video for those interested. 


15 Replies to “Pictures you should see☺(Saying goodbye to a royal)”

  1. Hey Adoma – how you doing? 🙂
    You just popped a Like on my blog and so I’m here returning the favour!
    This is a great set of photographs and a fascinating insight into a world I would never have suspected existed. Yeah, I should have prolly seen it on TV except that I don’t have one. England is cold right now and so I’m warming my hands on your blog – hope you don’t mind. 🙂
    So – how much love are you having for Greenland right now?
    Kindness – Robert.


    1. Hi Robert! Haha😁 thank you!! Yeah, the African culture is veeery different from many others. I actually didn’t really expect you to see this on TV. Ghana is hardly seen on the news in foreign countries. I don’t mind at all! Warm your hands all you want here. I’m having lots of love for Greenland btw☺

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      1. Actually, I imagine the same is true of my part of the world (Yorkshire). I don’t expect that you see many programmes on TV about my home county in Ghana. It’s like we’re living in our own little bubbles sometimes. Anyways – Greenland thanks you, Adoma! I can feel the heat of your love all the way from frosty England. 🙂
        Kindness – Robert.
        Have you written any stories on your blog? I like stories.


      2. That’s true because I haven’t really heard about Yorkshire too… Anyway, let Greenland know that it’s my pleasure☺. And I’m happy to share some warmth with you in England. Unfortunately, I don’t have any stories on my blog yet. I will consider writing some very soon though.☺

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      3. Thank youuu! I like to read,blog and watch YouTube videos and documentaries. I would like to write a non-fictional story. Or real fiction (I don’t know if that exists). But I mean fiction that is so real you can’t tell it’s fiction, I hope it makes sense.☺

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      4. There’s something called Creative Nonfiction (real stuff told like a story) and I’m sure that there is something that is so real that you can’t tell it’s fiction but I don’t know the official name for it – unless you’re trying to pass fiction off as the truth in which case I think that’s called lying. 😉


      5. Oh okay,thanks for the education. I’ll try to find out if there’s an official name for that. Oh no I’m not talking about lying🙊. Have you read Danielle Steel’s ‘Silent Honor’? It felt so real to me. Like it actually happened. I’m talking about something like that.☺

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      6. I understand. No – not read that one yet, but I will look out for it. Sorry about the education – it’s just that I’m doing a Masters in Creative Writing at the moment and some of it falls from me (like dandruff) as I move around. 🙂


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