Decapitations denied

To the great relief of people in parts of south-eastern Ghana, the burial of the Okuapehene, or traditional ruler, the late Oseadeyo Addo Danquah III, will not be accompanied by one of the historic rituals – beheadings.

The Akuapem Traditional Council, and the Akuapem North Municipal Security Council, have ruled out any decapitations, even though they are customary.

Normally, the graves of traditional rulers enclose a few heads.

Oseeadeyo Addo Danquah died late last year. The funeral is being observed from 1-8 February.

The firing of guns has officially been limited to 25 people, each of whom has been granted a permit by the police.

Members of the public attending the funeral must wear black or red, and those filing past the body must take off their footwear.

Photographing the dead body is strictly forbidden.