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THE KINGS OF ASANTE
 

1. Nana Osei Tutu

1670-1717(?)

47 years

2. Nana Opoku Ware II

1720-1750

30 years

3. Nana Kusi Bodom

1750-1764

14 years

4. Nana Osei Kwadwo

1764-1777

13 years

5. Nana Osei Kwame

1777-1798

21 years

6. Nana Opoku Fofie

1798-1799

1 year

7. Nana Osei Bonsu

1800-1823

23 years

8. Nana Osei Yaw Akoto

1824-1834

10 years

9. Nana Kwaku Duah

1834-1867

33 years

10. Nana Kofi Karikari

1867-1874

7 years

11. Nana Mensah Bonsu

1874-1883

9 years

12. Nana Kwaku Duah II

1884-1884

40 days

13. Nana Kwaku Duah III
(Nana Agyeman Prempeh I)

1888-1931

43 years

14. Nana Agyeman Prempeh II

1931-1970

39 years

15. Otumfuo Opoku Ware II

1970-1999

29 years

16. Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

1999

 

To date the Golden Stool has had sixteen occupants - four of them since the British invasion.

The position of Asantehene is still a complex one. As head of the Kumasi state, he has equal status with the heads of the other states in the Union . As Asantehene, he is commander-in-chief of the Asante army, Chief Priest; Supreme Judge, and Chief Executive. An Asantehene is also head and chairperson of the Asanteman Council, which is the highest legislative authority in Asante . He presides over all meetings of the Council. Asantehene being the commander-in-chief of the army, must be well built, physically strong and healthy. He must also be without blemish, not dis­abled in any form or lost any part of his body. Bravery and willingness to fight to defend the state is a criterion for selecting an Asantehene. Therefore during the installation of Asantehene he has to demonstrate this by wear­ing the Batakarikese and fire a gun before the Asantehemaa (Queen Mother), the Mamponghene and the Essumejahene. .


 
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