The unveiling of the Statue of the 96 year –old Nana Afua Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, Asantehemaa (Queenmother of Asante) was done by her good self, assisted by Lady Julia Osei Tutu, wife of Otumfuo Osei Tutu at the Manhyia Hospital Roundabout where the statue had been place.  

There was traditional fanfar of the Ntahera fekuo/Kwakoranya (horn blowers). Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem who was dressed in a gorgeous kente cloth over white apparel, with gold chain around her right shoulder and gold tinkles around her ankles and hand, sat with her retinue with her traditional servers near the Asantehene.

Queenmothers and market women who attended the function were dressed in white. Other women groups from various churches in Kumasi also attended the very colourful ceremony.

The function which was all women affair, again saw paramount chiefs from the Asantehemaa Council and members of Kumasi Traditional Council in attendance.

The Asantehemaa was driven to the durbar grounds in a Rolls-Royce car, while the Asantehene walked to his seat with horn blowers and kete drummers following him.

The unveiling of Asantehemaa’s statue formed part of the 10th Anniversary Celebrations of the enstoolment of Otumfuo Osei Tutu (1999-2009), under the Theme: “A decade of Inspiration Leadership: Peace and Progress”

Personalities including Mr. Kofi Opoku Manu, Ashanti Regional Minister and his Deputy Regional Minister designate, Nana Yaa Anima Wilson, Sir Sam Jonah, former Chief Executive Officer of Anglogold, Bishops from various churches, Regional heads of Department and Ministries, Financial institutions and members of the academia attended the ceremony.

The statue was erected with funding from Ecobank and Gemini Life Insurance (Glico) with Ms Patricia Appiagyei former Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive (KMA).approving of the roundabout to be named after Asantehemaa

Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem succeeded Nana Amma Serwaa Nyarko II, as Asantehemaa (Queen mother of Asante) in 1977, during the reign of Otumfuo Opoku Ware II. When Otumfuo Opoku Ware “went to the village”, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem in collaboration with Asanteman, enstooled Otumfuo Osei Tutu, her biological son as Asantehene.

For thirty years as Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem has played her role to bring about peace stability as well as development and good governance.

A landmark in her reign is the establishment of Serwaa Ampem AIDS foundation for children (SAAFC), a non governmental organization in 2002 with the active support and co-operation of Lady Julia Osei Tutu, (wife of Asantehene) 

The foundation seeks to collaborate with international agencies, private sector and individual organization as well as institutions to support children in the field of education.

She has continuously shown keen interest in the education of the Youth, especially the girl-child.

The efforts of Asantehemaa have culminated in the establishment of Afua Kobi Serwaa Ampem Girls Senior High School at Trabuom.

Source: Manhyia palace  Posted: 16 Mar 2009
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