Rich Ga culture, tradition on display …as thousands bid farewell to Ga Manye

Rich Ga culture, tradition on display …as thousands bid farewell to Ga Manye

President Akufo-Addo (thirdfrom left) filing past the late Naa Dedei Omaedru III in the casket

The rich tradition and culture of the people of the Ga Traditional Council (GTC) was on full display last Saturday when the late Ga Manye, Naa Dedei Omaedru III was laid to rest.

The funeral, held at the Ga Mantse Palace in Accra, drew hundreds of mourners clad in red and black, to pay their last respect to the revered Queen who reigned for 59 years before passing in 2022.

Amidst drumming, dancing, recital of appellations with a strong presence of royalty, the funeral attracted sever­al dignitaries including the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Members of Parliament as well as present and former statesmen.

It also attracted diplomats and other foreigners who witnessed the true Ghanaian culture and tradition for the first time.

Various Asafo (Warrior) companies of the Ga State took centre stage to display their cultural prowess amidst firing of muskets.

The security on duty had a tough time warding off admirers of the respected Ga Manye who attempted to join in the activities to pay their last respect.

Naa Dedei Omaedru III known in private life as Naa Dedei Ablah, died in December 2022, aged 88 after a short illness.

Her over 50 years reign was noth­ing short of reverence, selflessness, humility, compassion and served as a symbol of unity among the Ga peo­ple, hence the respect gained over the years and the huge crowd at her funeral.

By Michael D. Abayateye

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