- Jeremy Rich
king of the Asante kingdom (in present-day Ghana), was born sometime between 1762 and 1765. His mother was most likely a woman named Akyaama, although later official royal histories claimed Kwame’s future opponent Konadu Yaadom was his parent. His father was the powerful Safo Katanka, the king of Mampon, one of the founding states of the Asante union. As the closest Asante state to the Muslim north, Mampon was an entry point for Islamic influences into Asante. Kwame was only about twelve years old in 1777 when he was placed on the throne of Asante with his father s soldiers to protect him Osei Kwadwo the previous king died and left no adult heir He had proclaimed the very young Opoku Kwame as his heir but the royal councillors and family members chose not to follow Kwadwo s wishes The influential official Atakora Kwame led an army to ...
A version of this article originally appeared in The Dictionary of African Biography.