The Obodum square located in Aseseeso, a town near Akwepim Akropong in the Eastern region was the cynosure of eyes and a seen of rich cultural display when the final funeral rites was held for the late chief of Aseseeso, Nana Ankobea Abedi-Lartey, before being sent to meet his ancestors.
Prior to the funeral rites, the late chief was laid in state for three days to give the opportunity to residents and subjects of the town including friends, dignitaries to file past the body and pay the last respect to the venerated chief before being buried in the royal cemetery according to the customs and tradition accorded chiefs of Aseseeso.
Also present at the funeral ceremony were Nana Otu Lartey, the Akwamuhene of Bomaa Dwenase Divisional Area and President of African Views Ghana.
He was accompanied by Nana Ahwenipa, the Queen mother of Bomaa Dwenase. Nii Tempong Agbowulu III of the Osu Traditional Area, Nii Kpakpa Samuah Klantse, Osu Kaajano Mantse and members of African Views Ghana also made an appearance at the funeral ceremony.
Preaching the sermon, Reverend Emmanuel Okyere Otoo of the Presbyterian Church, called on all to build their life on the foundation of the word of God.
Nana Ankobea Abedi- Lartey, known in private life as Mr. Macaulay Abedi- Lartey was born on 24th June, 1945 at Hwediem in the Ashanti region.
He started school at the Hwediem Methodist primary school and continued to middle school at Jumapo, near Koforidua in the Eastern region of Ghana, where his father, the Headteacher of the Methodist primary school had been transferred to.
He continued to the presbyterian secondary school, situated at Krobo Odumase in the Manya Krobo district of the Eastern region.
After completing PRESEC, he gained admission to the horticultural training school at the Aburi Botanical Gardens to train as a horticulturist and landscape designer.
He rose through the ranks to become the curator and director of the Aburi botanical gardens in the early 70s.
After a period of time, he decided to enhance his knowledge and therefore applied to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to read a degree course in landscape design and horticulture.
He passed his exams. As a result, the university authorities appointed him as the Director and Curator of grounds and gardens, covering several acres of land stretching from Ahinsan to Buadi and Kentinkrono through Ayigya.
He also had a working stint with the University of Port Harcourt as their Director of Estates. Based on his expertise, the grounds and gardens of the university saw the total transformation to the admiration of all.
The University of Ghana also appointed him as curator of grounds and gardens and worked until he retired in 2005.
He returned home and was honored and enstooled as Ankobea of Aseseeso with the stool name Nana Ankobea Abedi-Lartey.
On the 13th day of July 2021, after a sudden illness, he was rushed to the Tetteh Quarshie memorial hospital where he joined his ancestors.
He left behind nine children and many wonderful nieces and nephews, most of whom he nurtured and like as his biological children.
Source: Paul Nsor
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