Protector of the Golden Stool

Yaa Asantewaa the golden stool protector

Yaa Asantewaa was the queen mother of the Ejisu tribe of the Asante (Ashanti) in Ghana.  The story of Queen Mother Nana Yaa Asantewaa is a story of the modern history of the nation of Ghana, Africa. In 1896, Asantehene (King) Prempeh I of the Asanteman federation was captured and exiled to the Seychelles islands by the British who had come to call the area the British "Gold Coast." Asantewaa's brother was said to be among the men exiled with Prempeh I, deported because of his opposition to British rule in West Africa. In 1900, British colonial governor Frederick Hodgson called a meeting in the city of Kumasi of the Ashantehene local rulers. At the meeting, Hodgson stated that King Prempeh I would continue to suffer an exile from his native land and that the Ashanti people were to surrender to the British their historical, ancestral Golden Stool. 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.

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