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Ghanaians from all walks of life on Saturday and Sunday turned up in their hundreds at Nyamebekyere in Berekum-Brong Ahafo Region to pay their last respect to renowned astute Business woman, Obaapanin Esther Abena Serwaa, 92, Grandmother of Mr. Michael Kofi Gyau, Executive Chairman of the Nan Group.

Obaapanin Esther Abena Serwaa is acclaimed as the mentor for the Executive chairman and founder of Nan Enterprises Ltd in Kumasi a subsidiary of the NAN Group which also includes, NAN-TEL Systems Ltd, OP Properties Ltd and Oak Plaza Hotels.

Clad in black attire, the mourners thronged the house of the deceased at House number H68 Nyamebekyere-Berekum on Saturday 19th January 2019 where the mortal remains was laid in state and later to Freeman Methodist Church Berekum where the burial service was held. From there, they moved to Seikwa near Berekum where the mortal remains of the departed was interred. Final funeral rites took place same day at Berekum (Omanhene’s park).

he town Berekum came to a standstill as Traditional leaders (Chiefs),Top Businessmen, Politicians, Diplomats, Clergy, friends and sympathizers across the country and beyond all stormed the town to pay their final respect to a life worth celebrating. Notable among them included: Brekumhemaa, Nana Akosua Amoahene II; Berekum Manhene, Daasebere Amankona Diawuo II; Bantamahene, Nana Bafour Owusu Amankwatia VI; Nana Manhyiahene, Nana Kwasi Prempeh; Kokofu Kronkohene, Nana Atakora Bonsra; Nana Kyeraahene, Barima Mintah Asare and Nana Yeboah Pene II, Kyeraahemaa/Dormaa Benkumhemaa.

Top Businesses/Partners of NAN Group present included Unilever Ghana Ltd, Vodafone Ghana, Chief Executive Officers of Renowned businesses such as B.B. Brothers, DBS Roofing Co. Ltd, Hippo Ltd., Cicero Hotel and Georgia Hotel in Kumasi. The Clergy was also heavily represented. Amongst them were: Apostle Dr. Emmanuel Osei Donkor, General Secretary of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC); Mr. Stephen Oduro Kwarteng, CAC General Deacon; Rev. Joseph Gyimah, General Overseer-Maranatha Evangelistic Ministry and a high hierarchy of the Methodist Church of Ghana.

Politicians as usual were not left out as National Democratic Congress (NDC) General Secretary; Johnson Asiedu Nketia was present to pay his tribute. Members of the ruling NPP party including the Member of Parliament (MP) for Brekum East, Dr. Kwamena Twum-Nuamah and MP for Nhyiaso, Hon. Kennedy Kankam were also present.

Celebraties including Gospel Artist, Evangelist Daina Asamoah was also on hand to entertain the gathering with song Ministration.

Tributes were poured out from Siblings, Children, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and Management and staff of NAN Group. Mr. Michael Kofi Gyau, Executive Chairman of Nan Group who could not hide his tears during the entire funeral ceremony in his tribute read on his behalf recounted his days in the 80’s when he began visiting his grandmother whilst schooling at Sunyani Secondary School.

“At the time she was a small-time trader at the Kumasi Central Market. During the School holidays, I used to attend vacation classes in Kumasi and would assist her in the shop. One day as I went doing my regular chores at the shop, I vividly remember one of her friends who prophesized that-“Serwaa this your grandchild will be a great businessman someday”. Her trust and confidence in my abilities and gifts was further solidified in 1989 when she received an invitation to visit my Aunty in London, prompting her to ask me to stop going to 6th form and take over her market shop. Although the shop at that time was in financial trouble, she had confidence that I could turn things around. These events and grandma’s belief in me, led to the birth of NAN Enterprises Ltd” the tribute read.
Source: Peacefmonline.com

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