The most important and sacred Asante stool is the Golden Stool. It represents the authority of the Asantehene (king), enshrines the soul of the nation, and symbolizes the kingdom’s unity. Made of solid gold, the Golden Stool never touches the ground; it is carried in processionals and has its own throne.
Today the Golden Stool is housed in the Asante royal palace in Kumasi, Ghana.
The Golden Stool ( Ashanti -Twi: Sika dwa; full title, Sika Dwa Kofi “the Golden Stool born on a Friday”) is the royal and divine throne of kings of the Ashanti people and the ultimate symbol of power in Asante.
Being the gatekeeper of the Golden Stool, Yaa Asantewaa led the Ashantis in the “ War of the Golden Stool”; one of the last major wars on the continent of Africa led by a woman.
Yaa Asantewaa was an influential Ashanti queen at the beginning of the twentieth century who remains a powerful symbol today. As the Queen Mother, Asantewaa held many responsibilities, including being the Gatekeeper of the Golden Stool. The Golden Stool is an emblem of the Ashanti kingdom, cultural system, and power.
Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II
|Osei Tutu II|
|Reign||26 April 1999 – present|
|Enstoolment||26 April 1999|
|Predecessor||Opoku Ware II|
|Born||Nana Barima Kwaku Duah 6 May 1950 Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana|
When did Yaa Asantewaa live? Yaa Nana Asantewaa was born in 1840 in Besease, then Ashanti Empire. She died in exile on the Seychelles on 17th October 1921.
Osei Tutu, (born c. 1660—died 1712 or 1717), founder and first ruler of the Asante (Ashanti) empire (in present-day Ghana) who as chief of the small state of Kumasi came to realize (c.
The national flag of Ashanti contains a gold horizontal strip symbolizing the gold mineral soil wealth and gold bar wealth of Ashanti and a green horizontal strip representing the rich Ashanti nation rainforests; two thin-white horizontal strips and a black horizontal strip surmounted by the Golden Stool (or Ashanti:
Chapter 1 1.1 Introduction: The overarching theme of this dissertation is to investigate the life story and struggles of Nana Yaa Asantewaa, the Queen – mother of Ejisu, and the relevance of her life struggles to feminist movement in Ghana.
Asante, also spelled Ashanti, people of south-central Ghana and adjacent areas of Togo and Côte d’Ivoire. Most of the Asante live in a region centred on the city of Kumasi, which was the capital of the former independent Asante state.
The slave trade was originally focused north with captives going to Mande and Hausa traders who exchanged them for goods from North Africa and indirectly from Europe. By 1800, the trade had shifted to the south as the Ashanti sought to meet the growing demand of the British, Dutch, and French for captives.
The Golden Stool had long symbolized governing power for the Ashanti people. On March 19, 1901, British statesman David Lloyd George stated in a Parliamentary session that: “Frederick Hodgson’s quest of the Golden Stool was something like the quest of the Holy Grail”.
Today, most Ashanti live in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They are primarily farmers, growing cocoa for export and yams, plantains, and other produce for local consumption.