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Title:Yaa Asantewaa's War of Independence: Honoring and Ratifying an Historic Pledge
Author:Obeng, PashingtonISNI
Periodical:Ghana Studies (ISSN 1536-5514)
Geographic terms:Ghana
Great Britain
Ashanti polity
women rulers
colonial wars
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
About person:Nana Yaa Asantewaa (c. 1830-1921)
Abstract:Yaa Asantewaa's 1900 resistance to British rule brought into focus a constellation of issues about Asante identity, military and political activity, and the possibility for a woman to reconfigure Asante political culture. This paper describes Yaa Asantewaa's agency in mobilizing gender and spiritual power to wage a war of resistance. It provides a context for understanding ways in which Yaa Asantewaa's deployment of Asante religion, culture and her adept sacred knowledge became a contested locus for articulating a counterhegemonic stance against British imperialism in the Gold Coast (Ghana). Notes, ref.