Proud members of the Grand Masonry Lodge in Ghana went in their full numbers to honor the funeral of a respected statesman, K.B Asante, who was a member of the lodge to pay their last respect and bid him farewell.
Mr. K.B Asante devoted his full service to mother Ghana over 70 years, from the classroom as a mathematics teacher to Ghana’s Cabinet and to the world of diplomacy.
The Honorable Lodge possibly to provide further proof to the statement by former President John Agyekum Kufuor, an acclaimed Freemason- that there was nothing “secret” about Freemasonry except a shared passion to help, the Freemasons allowed cameras to capture them freely as they paid their last respect to the late statesman.
Members of the Mason family who were captured by cameras at the ceremony as part of the funeral include Prof V.R.A.C. Crabbe, Aggrey-Orleans among others.
In appearance were some members in their masonry wear who ground past the coffin and surrounded it for their rituals as the Masonic funeral rite is in motion.
More research revealed that a Masonic Funeral rite is a rite provided to all Master Masons in good standing within their respective lodge.
It is a ceremony whereby a Master Mason may have the Masonic funeral rites performed by his lodge for the pleasure of those who have known him and his works.
We further learned that a Masonic funeral is done at the request of a Master Mason himself before his death or his family and the service may be held in a chapel, home, church, synagogue or Lodge room with committal at the graveside.
Profile Of Mr. K.B Asante
He was born Kwame Baprui Asante on March 1, 1924, somewhere in the Greater Accra Region as the second of seven children.
He attended O’Reilly Educational Institute, Tudu, Government Junior Boys’ School, Adabraka, and Government Senior Boys’ School, Kinbu, from 1927 to 1937. He also attended Achimota College Upper Primary and Secondary School from 1938-1942 and later obtained a degree in Mathematics at the University College, Durham University.
He was once a senior mathematics teacher at the Achimota College where he taught for three years after changing an initial plan of pursuing engineering.
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Mr. Asante worked as a secretary to Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah at the Flagstaff House for six years where he doubled as Principal Secretary at African Affairs Secretariat from 1960 to 1966. And he was the only member of Nkrumah’s government still living.