It was a time of mourning and solemn observation at the pre-burial service for the late Ghanaian footballer as a sea of Ghanaians clad in traditional red-and-black mourning clothing thronged the State House forecourt to pay their last respects to the fallen hero – Christian Atsu Twasam, 1992 – 2023,
The solemn funeral service included a display of traditional artifacts from the star’s tribesmen amidst the sorrow and tears.
In the wee hours of Friday, mourners and wreath bearers arrived just in time to find suitable locations to pay their respects to the late Atsu, who died in a terrible earthquake in Turkey at the forecourt of the State House decorated in black and red as well as some national colors to depict the state of mourning.
More than a dozen dignitaries including sportsmen, icons from the entertainment industry joined the public and Atsu’s mourning family state-assisted funeral amidst h3avy security presence.
Hosts of dignitaries present at the preburial service as at press time included the Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Director General of the Ghana Prisons Service, Isaac Kofi Egyir, Minister for Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Opare, Henry Quartey, Sports, President of the Ghana Football Association and other executives, some high ranking sportsmen and other political figures including MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong and MP for Ayawaso Central, Henry Quartey.
At exactly eight o’clock, tributes started to pour in, eulogising the late Ghanaian star as a philanthropist whose deeds would forever leave a mark in history.
Christian Atsu goes home: Wife’s tribute
Lying before me today is the mortal remains of a beloved father and husband. I knew little that morning that God is going to call you home.
In life, I love you dearly. In death I do the same. It breaks my heart to lose you.
You did not go alone.
For part of me went with you.