Los Angeles Film and TV actress LisaRaye McCoy is about to add a new regal title to her name: Queen Mother of Ghana. She will be crowned in an enstoolment ceremony on the day before her birthday, Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 4pm at the Cicada Restaurant & Club in downtown Los Angeles.
Enstoolment, or installation, is one of the last great African tribal traditions. It was started in the 17th Century by the Ashanti people of Ghana. McCoy will reign over Ghana’s Central Region.
“This honor is beyond my wildest imagination,” says the Chicago native who’s known to wear her trademark white outfits. “I plan to do all that I can by using my platform to bring positive attention to this region. I will serve humbly.”
Queen Mothers are leaders and women of power in Africa. They play a vital role in local government and wield a lot of social power and influence. McCoy was carefully selected by the Paramount Chief of Agona Kwanyako, the chiefs and the entire Kyidom Traditional Divisional Councils because of her amazing humanitarian efforts and leadership positions she has used to help build strong communities throughout the United States. During this ceremony, she will be sworn in and given the royal title of Queen Mother.
McCoy is no stranger to being a leading lady. She is the former First Lady of Turks and Caicos from a previous marriage. Because of that experience, she is well aware of what’s expected as she assumes this new crown and throne.
“Wow! African queen! I’m still trying to let that sink in!” she marveled with nervous excitement. “I’ve had lots of accomplishments in my life, personally and professionally, but I didn’t get to this point alone. It’s taken a great team of people along the way. To have such an honor bestowed upon me by my own African people is a testament to my hard work and character. It’s like a dream coming true before my very eyes.”