Regina Benneh/Jerry Azanduna/ Christopher Tetteh GNA
Sunyani, Feb. 29,
GNA – The Most Reverend Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, the Catholic Bishop of Sunyani
has stated that death is a transition to eternity for accountability of
humanity’s stewardship before God Almighty.
Bishop Gyamfi made
the statement in a sermon as the main celebrant of a burial church service for
the late Nana Yaa Nyamaa Puduo II, ‘Sunyanimanhemaa’ (Paramount Queen) of
Nana Puduo II has
been laid in state since late-night of Tuesday, February 25th at the “Boahen
Korkor Fie’, the Sunyani New Palace at Asufufu on the Sunyani-Atronie road.
She died on
Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the Sunyani Regional Hospital of an undisclosed
Bishop Gyamfi said
death was a necessary and unavoidable end for humankind but there was an
accountability for everyone after death.
He implied the late
Nana Puduo II was now giving account of her stewardship on earth, saying, that
everybody would do same before the creator of heaven and earth.
personalities and representatives of political parties which included Mrs.
Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, the Chief of Staff at the Presidency and Mrs. Lordina
Mahama, wife of former President John Dramani Mahama were at the service to pay
their last respect to the late ‘Omanhemaa’.
were Mr. Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, the Member of Parliament for Sunyani West and
Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and Mr. Kwame Baffoe (aka Abronye
DC), the Bono Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party and some
Municipal/District Chief Executives in the Bono Region.
The rest were
foreigners and senior members of the clergy from different Christian
that of the late paramount queen’s family members were also read.
The service had to
be halted for some minutes when ex-President Jerry John
Rawlings arrived at the funeral grounds.
The huge crowd of
mourners became uncontrollable as many among them, especially the young
and old who might not have seen the former President before were rushing
to catch glimpse of him.
sub-committee of the Funeral Planning Committee was proactive to call for a
musical interlude to ensure orderliness for the service to continue.
circumstance, the ex-President and his aides were ushered in to occupy their
seats without the usual formality of greetings, particularly the chief mourner
when a personality of the former President’s calibre attended such a funeral.
Known in private
life as Helena Yeboaa, Nana Puduo was enstooled queen of Sunyani at an early
age of 17 on November 6, 1972 to succeed her grandmother, Nana Afua Yeboaa (aka
Afua Fofie), former queen of Sunyani.