Top government officials on Wednesday, July 22, joined hundreds of mourners to mark the one-week celebration of the passing of Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, in his home town in Ashanti Region.

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Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia attended the One week rites

Vice -President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, his wife Samira Bawumia, Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Opare and the NPP General Secretary John Boadu led a host of government appointees to the rites.

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Mrs. Samira Bawumia

The Kwabre Municipality town of Sakora Wonoo was the scene of a milling crowd, as politicians, public servants, media personnel gathered to commiserate with the family of the late Mr. Owusu Afriyie.

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Heavy vehicular traffic awaited mourners at outskirts of Sakora Wonoo

The former General Secretary of the NPP, also known as Sir John past on July 1, 2020  at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital  after a short illness.

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Social distancing protocol was practised

The one week rites, held strictly under Covid-19 safety protocols.

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Some mourners washing their hands

NPP bigwigs, including  Stephen Amoah, the Chief Executive of the Microfinance And Small Loans Company(MASLOC), National Youth Organizer, Henry Nana Boakye and NADMO Boss, Eric Nana Agyemang Prempeh  eulogized late Sir John for nurturing many young politicians,  currently in leadership positions.

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R-L: Eric Nana Agyemang, Henry Nana Boakye & Bice Osei-Kuffuor

“He’s been a pillar; he’s been a huge pillar. A lot of promising young persons went through his hands. Myself, Sammy Awuku, Anthony Abayifa Karbo, Owiredu-the Foreign Affairs  Deputy Minister, Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah,  Perry Okudzeto; I can mention a tall list, Charles Owusu and many, many more,” says NPP Youth Organizer, Nana Boakye.

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Some mourners shed tears at the one-week rites

Cataloguing some of the achievements of Sir John, he revealed over 80,000 youth nationwide benefitted from the ingenuity of the CEO of Forestry Commission under the Youth in Afforestation Programme, describing it as unprecedented.

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Some mourners shocked over the demise of Sir John

“Indeed we have lost a huge personality and for the young persons,  we will remember him for one thing: for how he stood behind the youth wing; how he nurtured and prepared the young people to the path of the decision making body,” Nana Boakye added.

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Mr. Stephen Amoah

For Stephen Amoah, MASLOC CEO, the huge crowd that besieged Sakora Wonoo is a testament of legacies the late Mr. Afriyie left behind – a good relationship and love for all.

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Sir John died on July 1, 2020

“Whatever you see around represents the meaning of the sad demise of Sir John. Everybody is talking good about Sir John because of one thing: Sir John was very selfless,” he emphasised.

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Some attendees transacting business at the funeral ground

National Disaster Management Organization boss, Eric Nana Agyemang beliefs Sir John’s ambitious desire to help the youth in NPP and the country in general paid off.

“It will be difficult to live without memories of Sir John. He helped the party in diverse ways, especially, during his days as General Secretary of the party.

“He was ambitious in helping to develop and nurture the youth.”

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Kofi Adu ‘Agya Koo’ performing at the ceremony

The one-week rite also provided an avenue for some merry-making.

Highlife artistes, Kofi Adu, also known as Agya Koo and Kaakyire Kwame Appiah, among others were on hand to entertain mourners.