Jerry Azanduna/Christopher Tetteh, GNA
Sunyani, Feb. 29,
GNA – The Northern Community residents in Sunyani, exhibited outstanding
traditional and rich cultural diversities when they joined a multitude of
mourners at the pre-burial funeral to pay their last respect to the late Nana
Yaa Nyamaa Poduo II, the ‘Sunyanimanhemaa’.
Comprising of eight
tribes – Gonja, Dangomba, Kasena-Nankani, Wangara, Moshi, Kusasi, Mamprusi,
Frafra, and the Waala, it was hectic for security personnel to control the
displays, as the community fired intermittent musketries amidst traditional
drumming, dancing and acrobatic displays.
traditional regalia, the community nearly stole the show and caught the
attentions of all the mourners when they arrived at the funeral grounds in an
‘army bee-like’ invasion, while chanting war songs.
Alhaji Bernah Moro,
an Elder of the Wangara tribe, later told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the
late ‘Omanhemaa’ (paramount queen) was a unifier and her demise was a big blow
to the Northern Community residents in Sunyani.
“She was a queen
mother to all irrespective of one’s ethnic affiliation. Her open door
administration enabled all of us to engage”, he said.
Describing the late
queen as a peace maker, Alhaji Moro paid glowing tribute to her for protecting
the interest of the Northerners residing in the Sunyani Municipality.
Baba Nuhu Issif, the
Youth Chief of Gonja, also described the late Nana Puduo II as heroine who
fought for the development of the Northern Community in Sunyani.
“The death of the
queen mother is a big calamity to us as Northerners in Sunyani and we will
forever be grateful to her”, Bashiru Seidu Dagamba, the Gonja Youth Chairman