Yaa Asantewaa and The Golden Stool
Once upon a time, there was a Kingdom called Ashanti in Ghana, West Africa. This Kingdom was full of beauty and unimaginable treasure. It was filled with the finest Gold, the strongest Diamond, the boldest Silver, and was home to the most precious of them all, The Golden Stool, which gave the Ashanti people their power.
Tales of the Ashanti people, and the Golden stool travelled far and wide to all corners of the earth.
One day, news of the Ashanti Kingdom reached members of the British Empire who were determined to expand their own Kingdom. They greatly coveted the treasures of the Ashanti people and set out to claim them for their own.
For over 70 years, the Ashanti warriors fought off and defended their Kingdom against the British. The final battle against the Ashanti was led by a representative of the British Empire named Sir Frederick Mitchell Hodgson, who was determined to finally defeat the Ashanti and capture the golden stool and its power once and for all.
One day, the King of the Ashanti Kingdom also known as the Asantehene was captured, along with other chiefs by the British. “Where is the Golden Stool”, says Mr. Hodgson, to the people of Ashanti. “Your King Prempeh is in exile and will not return to Ashanti, his power and authority will be taken over by the representatives of the Queen of Britain”. Hodgson demanded the Ashanti people to hand over their precious Golden Stool. The people were in uproar and were all stunned by this demand as the Golden Stool represented the Ashanti Kingdom and its people.
One evening, all the chiefs in the town gathered to have a meeting on how to rescue the Ashanti King. In that meeting, it became clear that there was fear amongst the men. A woman named Yaa Asantewaa saw this. She stood up and said, “Now I have seen that some of you fear to go forward to fight for our King. If it were the brave days, Chiefs would not sit down to see their King taken away without fighting. 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 till the last of us fall in the battlefields.”
Yaa Asantewaa’s bravery and courage to fight for the return of their King inspired the men of the Kingdom to stand up for what they believed in. She led the war and helped the people of Ashanti fight courageously in order to free their King.
Although the Ashanti people were defeated by the British, Yaa Asantewaa became known as the bravest warrior who stood up in boldness and confidence. She is now known to be the finest, the strongest, the boldest and the most precious of them all in the Ashanti Kingdom of Ghana, West Africa.