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LisaRaye McCoy is now an African Queen - and we mean that literally.

Yesterday LisaRaye was officially crowned a Queen for the African Nation of Ghana. 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. 

According to African custom, Queen Mothers are leaders and play a crucial role in local government and have a lot of social power and influence. Lisa was selected by the Paramount Chief Agona Kwanyako, and the chiefs and the entire Kyidom Traditional Divisional Councils - because of her humanitarian efforts over the years.

As a new Queen, LisaRaye will reign over Ghana’s Central Region.

LisaRaye explained, "This honor is beyond my wildest imagination. I plan to do all that I can by using my platform to bring positive attention to this region. I will serve humbly.”

The new Queen continued, “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.”

Here are pics from the event:

Lisa Raye is no stranger to being the head woman in charge. She is the former First Lady of Turks and Caicos from a previous marriage. So she’s more than ready to assume her royal position.