The conventional burial process typically involves interment in a grave following a funeral. However, individuals of wealth and importance have chosen more lavish and extraordinary final resting places that have captivated public attention.
The most recent example is the burial of former First Lady Theresa Kufuor, whose interment occurred over the weekend at Daaban, a suburb of Kumasi, the hometown of her husband, John Agyekum Kufuor.
Here are three individuals whose choice of burial sites has sparked discussions online.
1. Theresa Aba Kufuor
The final journey of former First Lady, Theresa Aba Kufuor, commenced on November 16, 2023, with a Requiem Mass held at the Christ the King Catholic Church in Accra.
Subsequent to the Requiem Mass, a state funeral transpired the following day, followed by a traditional funeral held at Heroes Park in Kumasi.
For her private interment, a special burial site located at a private residence in a suburb of the Ashanti Regional capital was utilized. This residence, a gift to the former president, was notably donated by Dr. Kweku Oteng, the CEO of the Angel Group of Companies.
A video shared by Angel TV provided a glimpse of the mansion, still undergoing furnishing, situated on a hilltop at Daaban. Notably, a grave was prepared at one entrance point, designated as the final resting place of the former First Lady.
2. Reverend Anthony Boakye
The funeral service for Rev. Anthony Boakye, the late founder and overseer of the Resurrection Power New Generation Church, became a significant event in Ghana, drawing attendance even from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The funeral ceremonies unfolded across three prominent venues in Accra, namely Independence Square, the Accra Sports Stadium, and the Accra International Conference Centre.
A detailed 13-minute video by Continent Kofi, shared on Instagram by Zionfelix, showcased various aspects of the funeral, including the state-of-the-art final resting place of Rev. Anthony Boakye. Although the exact location of this resting place remains unclear, the impressive architecture and beauty of the structure intended to house the priest’s final remains garnered attention and sparked discussions on social media.
3. Sir John
The concluding funeral ceremonies for Sir John, the former General Secretary of the Ghanaian National Party (NPP), took place in his hometown of Sakora Wonoo on June 3, 2021.
Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, commonly known as Sir John, was a former lawyer and politician who succumbed to complications from COVID-19 on July 1, 2020, at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
His final resting place in Sakora Wonoo, located in the Ashanti Region, was depicted in photos seen by GhanaWeb. The images revealed a painted, walled, and gated structure resembling a two-bedroom house, adorned with a prominent picture of Sir John.
Born in 1957, Sir John made significant contributions as a Ghanaian lawyer and politician during his lifetime.