Thursday, June 5, 2008


AFTER seven years in the morgue, the body of the Queen of Donyina in the Ejisu-Juaben District of the Ashanti Region, Nana Akosua Boahemaa, may soon find a final resting place.
This followed the resolution of the chieftaincy conflict in the town, which stalled all attempts to bury the queen.
The traditional authorities were moving to get the approval of the Manhyia Palace to enable them to prepare for the funeral.
However, this could go with a huge financial burden on the traditional authorities, looking at the long years that the body had remained in the morgue.
The Chief of the town, Nana Osei Yaw, said “very soon Nana will be buried because the chieftaincy dispute has been resolved”.
Nana Boahemaa died at the age of 65 in 2001, and the body has since remained frozen at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital morgue.
Nana Osei Yaw told the Daily Graphic last Monday that the chieftaincy dispute was resolved at the instance of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
“With this over, there is no reason in allowing the body to remain in the mortuary.
“But before we can perform any burial or funeral, we have to take instructions from our overlord, Otumfuo, in line with Asante custom,” Nana Osei Yaw said.
The dispute at Donyina started when the late queen nominated Nana Osei Yaw for the vacant stool of the town.
A faction in the town opposed the nomination but the installation went on.
Opposition to the chief continued even after the death of Nana Boahemaa, a situation that made it impossible for the burial to be held.
Nana Osei Yaw said some vacant divisional stools at Donyina would also be filled so that they swear the oath of allegiance to him before the burial.
“But I assure you that all this would be expedited to enable us to go ahead with the burial as soon as possible,” he said.

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