Yaa Asantewaa Festival

Yaa Asantewaa Festival
It is celebrated in August by the Ejisu, (Ejisu-Juaben District). A durbar of chiefs presided over by the paramount chief of Ejisu Traditional area.People from all walks of life call to pay homage to the memory of Nana Yaa Asantewaa the brave Ashanti war heroine and those exiled to the Seychelles with her.In 1900, at the advanced age of 60-plus and defying the mores of a woman’s role in her society, Yaa Asantewaa, the queenmother of Edweso (or Ejisu, English spelling) stepped out of the shadows to lead an army of 20,000 men to resist British imperialism in what is now known as the Yaa Asantewaa War.The Asante nation, to which Yaa Asantewaa belonged, fiercely resisted British attempts to colonise their territory. At the height of its glory, the Asante Empire (which came after the collapse of the earlier empires of Bono and Denkyira), encompassed over 70% of present day Ghana, and could boast one of the most advanced systems of government on the continent.The central location of the capital, Kumasi, also gave it strategic control of lucrative trade routes, enabling it to grow rich and powerful on the slave trade, as well as in gold mining.However, by 1896, the seemingly invincible empire had been greatly weakened after several wars with the British, who were intent on bringing the kingdom to heel. The Asantehene (king of the Asante), Prempeh I, and several of his powerful sub-chiefs and key generals had been captured by the British forces and sent into exile (first in Sierra Leone and then to the Seychelles).

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