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date: 01 April 2020

Ponko, Yamoa Ponko locked

(c. 17301785),
  • David Owusu-Ansah

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was Ankaasehene (chief of the Asante village of Ankaase) and Kyidomhene of the Kumasi (in what is now Ghana). There is no information available about Yamoa (Yaw Amoah) Ponko’s mother, but the biographical information refers to two siblings in the persons of Yamoa Asuman and Nti Kusi. Gyesi Kuo, their father, was said to have migrated in the early eighteenth century from Denkyira after it was displaced as the dominant Akan state. In the service of the Golden Stool (believed by the Asante to hold the soul of the nation), Gyesi Kuo was rewarded with the minor Ankaase Kra Amponsem stool (stools being symbols of rule), which also belonged to the Kyidom division of Kumasi. It was by his association with his father’s stool and by enriching it as the stool’s occupant that Yamoa Ponko would begin his ascent to prominence in the history of Asante.

Historian T C McCaskie ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Dictionary of African Biography.

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