Public lecture on Yaa Asantewaa’s bravery held


A public lecture on the bravery of the legendary Asante Queen, the late Yaa Asantewaa has been held in Accra.

Yaa Asantewaa was the queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti Empire – now part of modern-day Ghana.

She is remembered for her courageous efforts to protect the Golden Stool of Ashanti.

The lecture dubbed: “African Queen Mothers’ Series” is aimed at focusing on promoting and sustaining African culture and heritage.

The Director of Community Youth and Culture and a renowned Ghanaian actress, Dr. Akosua Abdallah who was a co-lecturerer at the event, said the bravery of Yaa Asantewaa should be an inspiration for today’s generation.

Dr. Akosua Abdallah

She also linked the Asante royals from Seychelles after 24 years in exile, to the ‘Year of return’ as being marked now.

The lecture was interspersed with short drama touting the exploits of Yaa Asantewaa, her role and legacy as a brave African Woman.

The Chief Executive Officer, (CEO) of Ozoza Lifestyle, the organizers of the event,  Aziza Atta said the initiative is to let the present and future generation appreciate the lifestyle and history of great African queens, as well as the governance system of the then Ashanti empire in relation to the current system.

Aziza Atta

According to Aziza Atta, her organisation is proud to start the ‘African Queen Mothers’ Series’ with the Ghanaian History Icon, Yaa Asantewaa.

She said in the subsequent months, other brave women in other African countries would be celebrated.

The late Yaa Asantewaa was born in the year 1840.

She was appointed by her brother Nana Akwasi Afrane Opese, the Edwesuhene. She is always remembered for her courageous efforts to protect the Golden Stool of Ashanti.

Yaa Asantewaa fought for the Ashanti Kingdom until she was taken into exile and died in 1921 in Seychelles.

Her bravery is celebrated as extraordinary.

Story filed by Nhyira Kwabi

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