Late senior citizen and retired diplomat K.B. Asante, has been laid to rest on Saturday March 10, 2018.
Burial service for the late diplomat K. B. Asante was held at the forecourt of the State House in Accra.
Family members, friends, loved ones, politicians, people from academia and all walks of life trooped to the venue to pay their last respects to the late K.B. Asante.
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia; Former president, Jerry John Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, National Chairman of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Prof. Edmund Dele; A member of the Council of State, Sam Okudzeto, among others were all present at the burial service.
K. B. Asante died on January 22, 2018 at age 93.
Wife of the late diplomat Matilda Asante in a tribute to her late husband said:
“…We had a professional relationship that developed into a deep friendship. We’ve been together for over sixty years and shared precious moments and challenges. Our last weekend together was special, and your passing was a shock. I miss you so much. Fare thee well.”
Prior to the final funeral rites today, Saturday, a mass requiem was held yesterday, Friday at the All Saints Anglican church at Adabraka where he fellowshipped when he was alive.
Meanwhile, the K.B. Asante’s family is expected to hold a private burial for him.
About K.B. Asante.
Born on March 1, 1924, K.B. Asante was the Secretary to Ghana’s First President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and served under a number of Heads of States in Ghana.
He also served as the Principal Secretary at African Affairs Secretariat from 1960 to 1966.
He became Ghana’s Ambassador to Switzerland and the United Nations Offices in Geneva, and the UN establishment in Vienna, and also the Ambassador to Australia from 1967-72.
He also served as the Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Economic Community from 1976-1978.
Life in politics
K.B. Asante retired from the Civil Service in 1978, to form the Social Democratic Front to contest the 1979 election where his party won three parliamentary seats in that election.
He was the Secretary for Trade and Tourism in the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) administration in 1982, and later Secretary for Education and Culture from 1986 to 1990.
K.B. Asante attended Achimota School where he later taught mathematics from 1945 to 1948, before proceeding to Durham University in Britain, where he obtained a BSc Mathematics in 1952.
He also became a member of the Institute of Statisticians in 1953, before again returning to Achimota College, where he continued teaching mathematics from 1953 to 1955.
Below are pictures from the burial service: