Feverish preparations are underway for the final funeral rites of the late Okuapehene, Oseadeeyo Nana Addo Dankwa III.
The late Okuapenhene passed on a couple of months ago at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
The funeral, which is billed to commence on Monday, February 1 and end on Monday, February 8, 2016, is being organised by the Akuapem Traditional Council in collaboration with both Akuapem North and South Assemblies of the Eastern Region.
A visit by DAILY GUIDE to Akropong, the seat of the paramount stool of Akuapem and venue for the funeral, revealed that finishing touches were been put to the renovation of the palace.
Adjoining houses to the palace have equally been renovated. Trees and places of interest have been adorned with red calico, signifying a state of mourning.
The Funeral Planning Committee has come out with a number of measures which include a dress code of either black or red; and those filing past the mortal remains of the late chief are to remove their footwear. They have also been advised to take off necklaces and other ornaments, including wrist watches and hand bangles.
The use of smart phones to take snapshots of the chief’s body has been forbidden.
There has been a ban on all forms of noise making till the funeral ends as drinking bar operators have been asked to close by 11 p.m. each day.
Firing of musketry in the Akuapem Traditional Area during the period of the funeral celebration has been limited to only accredited persons.
The police have further been mandated to seize arms and ammunition entering the traditional area during the period; and mourners have been entreated not to attend the funeral with any firearms so as to avoid any embarrassment.
A scene at the funeral ground
The late Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III had his secondary education at the Presbyterian Secondary School, Odumase Krobo. In his final year at PRESEC, he was the Senior Prefect of the school and obtained Cambridge School Certificate in 1951.
He worked as an officer in-charge of admissions at the Academic Registrar’s Office, University College of the Gold Coast, from 1952 to 1956. It was during this period that he studied as a private student and obtained ‘A’ Level and Intermediate B.Sc Economics certificates.
In October 1956, he was admitted to the University College of Ghana and completed in 1959 with B.Sc Economics – University of London degree.
After graduation, he worked briefly as a co-operative officer at the Department of Co-Operatives and as a senior auditor at the Auditor General’s Department.
When Mensah Sarbah Hall was opened at the University of Ghana in 1963, he was appointed its Hall Bursar in-charge of financial and administrative matters.
In 1974, Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III was installed the paramount chief of the Akuapem Traditional Area at the age of 44 and reigned for 35 years, being the longest serving Okuapehene.
. He occupied the following positions since then: President of the Akuapem Traditional Council from 1974 till his demise; Member, Eastern Regional House of Chiefs – 1975 till his death.
The late Okuapeman chief was also the Chairman of the Publicity Committee, National House of Chiefs (1990-1994) and President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs (1994-2000) and also a Member, Standing Committee of the National House of Chiefs (1994-2000). He served on many boards and in a number of institutions.
The five divisions in the Akuapem Traditional Area – Kronti, Adonteng, Gyaase, Nifa and Benkum – were represented by their divisional chiefs: Osabarima Offei Kwasi Agyeman, Otubour Gyan Kwasi, Nana Osim Kwatia III, Nenye Otutu Kono III and Enyine Osabarima Asiedu Okoo II respectively.
FROM Daniel Bampoe and Solomon Ofori, Akropong