Yaa Asantewaa, Queen Mother of the Ejisu of the Ashanti Empire
1840 – October 17, 1921
“Now I have seen that some of you fear to go forward to fight for our king. If it were in the brave days of, the days of Osei Tutu, Okomfo Anokye, and Opoku Ware, chiefs would not sit down to serve their king taken away without firing a shot. No white man could have dared to speak to chief of the Ashanti in the way the Governor spoke to you chiefs this morning. Is it true that the bravery of the Ashanti is no more? I cannot believe it. It cannot be! I must say this: if you the men of Ashanti will not go forward, then we will. We the women will. I shall call upon my fellow women.We will fight the white men. We will fight till the last of us falls in the battlefields.” ~ Yaa Asantewaa
I believe it is absolutely imperative that we learn Black history. Not just the stories taught in schools but the stories of resistance, Black empowerment, Black pride and Black greatness. Please pass on this story to everyone you know. We come from beautiful and courageous people. Enjoy!
Queen Mother Yaa Asantewaa was born in 1840 in modern day Ghana. She was the queen of the Ashanti people.
After her brother, the king was killed in a civil war, her grandson became king. Her grandson was later exiled by the British.
In1900, the British Governor General of Ghana, Frederick Hodgson, wanted the Golden Stool of the Ashanti. The Golden Stool was of tremendous significance to the Ashanti. Only royality could sit on it. It was believed to have held the spirits of all of the Ashanti people. According to Ghanaweb.com,
“Tradition has it that this stool, covered with pure gold, floated out of the sky and landed on the lap of the first Asantehene (Asante king), Osei-tutu. He unified the people in the 17th centrury. His chief priest declared that the soul of the nation resided in this stool.” The Ashanti people were outraged but the leadership did not know how to respond. After being disappointed with the cowardly behavior from the males chiefs in her kingdom Queen Mother Yaa Asantewaa made a rousing speech to motivate her people. She then led her people to war. After almost starving out and nearly defeating the British during the Golden Stool War she and her people were eventually defeated. The British had managed to get reinforcements that solidified their victory. Unfortunately over 2,000 of her people died during the war.
After the war she was exiled and her people were severally punished but all was not lost. The British did not capture the Golden Stool. Queen Mother Yaa Asantewaa was the last African queen to fight against Britsh rule.
Read more about this remarkable woman at Ghanaweb.com
Check out the documentary called Yaa Asantewaa and the Golden Stool
Remember a revolution starts between two ears. Start yours today. BBG