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Title:The Role of Nana Yaa Asantewaa in the 1900 Asante War of Resistance
Author:Brempong, Arhin N.
Periodical:Ghana Studies
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:Ashanti polity
women rulers
colonial wars
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
About person:Nana Yaa Asantewaa (c. 1830-1921)
Abstract:This paper examines the role of Nana Yaa Asantewaa, the Queen-Mother of Edweso (Ejisu), an Asante principality (Ghana), in the Asante-British war of 1900 known to the Asante people as the 'Yaa Asantewaa War' and to the British as the 'Last (Ashanti) Rising', but which the author chooses to call the Resistance War of 1900. The article matches the Asante legend of Yaa Asantewaa as a fighter against the reports on her in the British written sources, with a view to establishing what she did during the war. The paper also considers the historical context of the war, its major events including its planning, and the political and military role of Asante women. Bibliogr., notes, ref.