Kumawuhene Barima Tweneboa Kodua V has exhibited same audacity, sagacity, selflessness, and love for his people as shown by his matrilineal forebear Barima Tweneboa Kodua I, the originator of the Kumawu Kodua Stool. He is the only, and one, Kumawu paramount Chief.
During his recent short visit to his wife and children in London, the very least expected, but heartrending incident, happened to him. Barely three days into his arrival in London, the bad news of his younger sister's death was broken to him at around 08:00 hours on the third day. At the announcement of the death of Diana, his forty-seven year old sister, his world could instantly be seen as turned upside down.
However, he mustered courage, be himself, and started to deal with the situation courageously in a comported manner that any discerning person, let alone, a great Omanhene, would go about it.
In a nutshell, he dashed twice to Brussels (Belgium) to arrange for the human remains of Diana to be sent to Ghana.
Now, the Ananangya and the Odumase royal families of Kumawu have decided to celebrate the funeral of Diana on Saturday, 2nd April 2016 at Kumawu-Bodomase. Her body will be laid in state on Friday, 1st April 2015 or in the wee hours of Saturday, 2nd April 2016. She will be buried on the same Saturday.
There will be members of Diana's church in Belgium attending the funeral in Ghana. They will be led by the pastor of the church. Her husband and two children will also be attending, coming from Belgium.
Almost all the entire citizens of Kumawuman, from Kumawu to Wonoo, Abotanso, Abenaso, Amanfrom, Anyamesere, Woraso, Ananangya, Bodomase, Besoro, Temaate, Nkwanta, Sekyere, Akotosu and Drobonso have expressed their sympathy to him and his family on the death of his beloved younger sister, Diana, whose untimely death has sent cold chill down the spine of many a Ghanaian.
They will all be attending in their numbers to show their support for their only, and one, genuine Kumawuhene, who has their collective interest at heart. Most of the people I have spoken with say that this is the time to show their continuous support for their caring traditional leader. They want to show to him that they also love him much the same way as he loves them.
I wish I was in Ghana to attend the funeral. However, is it not said in the Akan parlance, "Otwen a nko edwa a ne nnwoma ko?" I must surely find a way to express my sympathy to the bereaved family.
I thank all Kumawuman people for their sense of maturity; rallying behind their leader in this difficult time of his, in accordance with some verses in the bible - Ecclesiastes 3:1-4.
A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
"Diana, damirefa due, due, due ne amanehonu"
Diana has gone before us into the land of the dead. Our only viable consolation at the moment is the understanding that the journey she has made is purposed for any living human being. We shall all take to the same journey at a point in our lives.
I dedicate this publication to all the citizens of Kumawuman for their love and unflinching support shown to Kumawuhene Barima Tweneboa Kodua V, in his fight to ensure justice for all Kumawuman people.