Asantehemaa Burial: Kumasi goes dead as regards business

Kumasi Asantehemaa

The usual vehicular and human congestion within the central business district of Kumasi was absent on Thursday as shops closed in honour of the final burial rites of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.

All banks in the metropolis were shut in line with the directive from the Asanteman Council.

Most commercial vehicles failed to work on Thursday to join commuters in paying their last respect to the mother of the Asantehene, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, who is being laid to rest.

The vibrant Kumasi Central Market, which has never seen a complete holiday, was locked to ensure no trader gets access to do business.

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The caretaker of the facility, Kwadwo Amabila, expressed shock at the level of compliance by the traders not to open shops.

Food vendors and other basic service providers were also nowhere to be found in the busiest part of Kumasi.

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The quietude is expected to deepen in the evening when Kumasi goes to bed early as the late queenmother makes her final journey from Bantama to Breman to be laid to rest.

Business activities are expected to bounce back on Friday.

By Ibrahim Abubakar||Ghana

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