By Samuel Duodu, Dormaa-Ahenkro
THE remains of the late Atipimhene known in private life as Mr R.K. Mensah, a 74-year-old retired educationist was interred at the Royal Mausoleum at Dormaa-Ahenkro recently.
Among his seven surviving children are the Omanhene and Obahemaa of Dormaa Traditional Area, Nana Agyeman Badu II and Nana Akosua Fima II.
Mourners clad in all kinds of funeral clothes, mainly red and black, danced to the music of various traditional and cultural groups at the funeral, held at the forecourt of the Abampredaase, the Palace of the Dormaahene.
As usual, the all-female Fomtomfrom group from the Brong-Ahafo Centre for National Culture was around to entertain the large gathering.
People from all walks of life, including politicians, traditional rulers, educationists and religious groupings, two Saturdays ago joined the Dormaahene, Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyeman Badu II, and the Obahemaa of Dormaa Traditional Area, Nana Akosua Fima II, to mourn their late father and Atipimhene of Dormaa Traditional Area, Baffour Kwadwo Yeboah, at Dormaa-Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo Region.
Present at the funeral were a government delegation led by Prof. Christopher Ameyaw Akumfi, Minister of Harbours and Railways; the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Ignatius Baffour Awuah, and some regional executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). The National Democratic Congress (NDC) was led by former President and Founder of the party, Flt. Lt. J.J. Rawlings, National Chairman, Dr Kwabena Adjei and other regional executives.
Among the Paramount chiefs who attended the funeral were Oseedeyo Akumfi Ameyaw IV, Omanhene of Techiman Traditional Area, Beyeeman Bosea Gyanatwi IV, Omanhene of Drobo Traditional Area, and Nana Yaw Kagbrese, Omanhene of Yeji Traditional Area, all in the Brong Ahafo Region.
Other dignitaries were Mr Joe Issaka, Head of the Civil Service, and Mr Justice L.L. Mensah, a Supervising High Court Judge in Sunyani.
Many who worked with him until he gave his last breath on December 16, 2007 described the late Baffour Kwadwo Yeboah as a father, an administrator, a disciplinarian and a very compassionate person.