The political, military, and spiritual foundations of the Ashanti nation date to the first Ashanti king, Osei Tutu. As they prospered, Ashanti culture flourished. They became famous for gold and brass craftsmanship, wood carving, furniture, and brightly colored woven cloth, called kente.
The Asante were one of the Akan-speaking peoples who settled in the forest region of modern Ghana between the 11thand 13th centuries. The separate Asante chiefdoms were united by Osei Tutu in the 1670s and in 1696 he took the title of Asantehene (king) and founded the Asante empire.
By invading Bonoman, the Asante gained access to the Lobi gold fields, which remain today one of the world’s richest gold deposits. Combined with the gold mines of Kumasi, the Asante became enormously rich.
Girl. African. Derived from the Kiswahili word asante, meaning “thank you”. Ashanti is a region in central Ghana. The traditional inhabitants of the region are known as Ashanti people.
So check this out, Kente cloth was worn by the Ashanti. It’s made of silk so the affluent wore it. The Ashanti were also known as slave owners and traders.
Land of Gold – Historically, we can confidently say the Ashanti’s are by far the richest sect of Ghanaians by birth. Born into riches, they are destined for wealth by inheritance. Many Ashanti’s acquire their starting capital from their fathers and forefathers.
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.
Ghana is considered one of the more stable countries in West Africa since its transition to multi-party democracy in 1992. Formerly known as the Gold Coast, Ghana gained independence from Britain in 1957, becoming the first sub-Saharan nation to break free from colonial rule.
Osei Tutu II was one of seven descendants who were eligible to the heir presumptive. List of rulers of Asante.
|King of Asante|
|First monarch||Osei Tutu Opemsoo 1701 to 1717|
|Residence||Manhyia Royal Palace|
|Website||The Asante Monarchy|
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.
On January 22, 1824, in the Battle of Nsamankow, the Ashanti defeated the British forces and killed MacCarthy. The Ashanti defeated the British and their African allies, the Fante and the Denkyirans, again in the Battle of Efutu later that year.
Although there are Christian and Muslim converts among the Asante, the traditional religion, based on belief in a distant supreme being, a pantheon of gods and lesser spirits, and the ever-present spirits of ancestors, remains the basis of the Asante conception of the universe. See also Asante empire.
The Ashanti tribe is located in central Ghana, around the city of Kumasi. Despite not having the largest land mass in the country, the Ashanti do have the largest tribe in all of Ghana.
 Abantu (or ‘ Bantu ‘ as it was used by colonists) is the Zulu word for people. It is the plural of the word ‘umuntu’, meaning ‘person’, and is based on the stem ‘–ntu’ plus the plural prefix ‘aba’. This original meaning changed through the history of South Africa.