ASHANTEMAN (Akan State)


Title: Asantehene Religion: Christian
State: Ghana Dynasty: Oyoko Abohyen


Present Ruler: Otumfuo Nana OSEI TUTU II [Nana Barima Kwaku Duah of the Oyoko Abohyen Clan], enstooled 26th April 1999 as the 16th Ashantehene.
born 6th May 1950, son of the Asantehemaa, Nana Afua Kobi Sewaa Ampen II, and nephew of Ohenba Mensa Bonsu (Hiahene of Kumasi), educated at Sefwi Wiawso Secondary School in the Western Region for five years, Osei Kyeretwie Secondary School for two years, Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) at Legon to study accountancy for two years, Kilburn Polytechnic in North-West London, University of North London to read Human Resource Development and Public Administration; he worked with Mutual Insurance Group in Toronto as a senior consultant, returning to the United Kingdom in 1982 he was later admitted into the membership of the British Institute of Personnel Management, a human resource professional body, in 1985, he worked with the British food processing firm, Oxo, as an accounts officer, later joined the Manpower Services Commission at the London Borough of Brent, married Nana Yaa Achaa, and has four children.
  • Nana Kwaku Bonsu, aged 24
  • Nana Afua Kobi, aged 21, named after the Asantehemaa.
  • Nana Kwadwo Bonsu, aged 2.
  • Nana ......, born July 1999.
Predecessors and Short History: Kumase founded circa 1640 and the Ashanteman state founded circa 1682. Confederation dissolved by the United Kingdom protectorate authority on 23rd June 1900, Kumaseman state restored 12th November 1926, and the Ashanteman Confederation was restored 31st January 1935. Rulers were...
    Otumfuo Nana Owusu Panin, Kumasehene ca1640/ca1682, married and had issue.
    • Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu I (qv)
    • Nana Bonafie, she married and had issue.
      • Nana Nyaako Kusi Amoa, 1st Asantehemaa, married Nana Adu Mensa, and had issue.
        • Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware I [Katakyie of the Oyoko Abohyen Clan] (qv)
    • Nana Kyiroma, she married and had issue.
      • Nana Nkatia Ntim Abamo, 2nd Asantehemaa, married and had issue.
        • Otumfuo Nana Kusi Obodum [of the Oyoko Abohyen Clan] (qv)
        • Nana Akua Afriyie, 3rd Asantehemaa, married Nana Owusu Afriyie (Opoku Tia), and had issue, see below.
  • Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu I, 1st Asantehene 1682/1717 or 1697/1731, born circa 1650, married and had issue. He died 1717 (1731).
    • Nana Owusu Afriyie [Opoku Tia], he married Nana Akua Afriyie, 3rd Asantehemaa, daughter of Nana Nkatia Ntem Abamo, 2nd Asantehemaa, and had issue.
      • Otumfuo Nana Osei Kwadwo [of the Oyoko Abohyen Clan] (qv)
      • Nana Aberefi Yaa, married 1stly, Nana Atakora Panin, married 2ndly, Nana Akyampon Yaw, son of Nana Sarkodie Date, and his wife, Nana Akyaama, married 3rdly, Nana Asumgyima Penemo, son of Nana Oben Amoa, and his wife, Nana Konadu, and had issue.
        • Nana Akyaama (by 1st marriage), she married Nana Safo Katanka, Mamponghene, son of Nana Osei Hwidie, and his wife, Nana Abena Saka, daughter of Nana Sarkodie Date, and his wife, Nana Akyaama, and had issue.
          • Otumfuo Nana Osei Kwame Panin [of the Oyoko Abohyen Clan] (qv)
          • Nana Abyaa Kese
          • Nana Ama Sewaa, born 1763, 6th Asantehemaa, married 1stly (her cousin), circa 1780, Nana Apaw Panin, died about 1790, married 2ndly 1790, Nana Boakye Yam Kuma, died 1797/1798, son of Nana Akyampon Kwasi, son of Nana Boakye Yam, married 3rdly, 1799, Nana Okyere Kotoku, son of Nana Akuamoa Panin, and had issue (see below). She died 1824/1833.
            • Nana Oti Akenten (by 2nd marriage), died 1797/1798.
            • Nana Akyampon Kwasi (Tia) (by 2nd marriage), died about 1870.
            • Otumfuo Nana Kwaku Dua I [Barima Fredua Agyeman of the Oyoko Abohyen Clan] (by 2nd marriage)(qv)
            • Nana Kwame Boaten (by 3rd marriage)
        • Nana Sewaa Okuwu [aka Akua Serwa], married Nana Owusu, Apaahene, and had issue.
          • Nana Adoma Akosua, born 1765, 5th Asantehemaa, married and had issue. She died 1819.
            • daughter
              • daughter, married Nana Kwaku Frimpon, and had issue.
                • Nana Osei Kwaku Goroso
        • Nana Konadu Yiadom I (by 3rd marriage), born about 1752, 4th Asantehemaa, married 1stly, Nana Adutwum Kaakyire [Akyamfuo Dumienu], died about 1778, married 2ndly, Nana Owusu Ansa, died 1784, married 3rdly, Nana Owusu Yaw, Nkonsehene, son of Osei Yaw, Nkonsehene, and had issue. She died 1809.
          • Otumfuo Nana Osei Yaw Akoto (see below)
  • Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware I, 2nd Asantehene 1717/1750, born about 1700, married and had issue. He died about 1750.
    • Nana Adusei Atwenewa, Kumase Gyaasewahene.
    • Nana Adusei Kra, Akyempenhene, married and had issue.
      • Nana Opoku Tano, Dwuansahene, married and had issue.
        • Nana Kwadwo Adusei, Okyiame, married and had issue.
          • Nana Amankwaa Bogo, Bepoahene, married and had issue.
            • Nana Kwame Adusei, married and had issue.
              • Nana Kwabena Poku, married Nana Akua Akyaa, and had issue.
                • Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware II [Jacob Matthew Poku of the Oyoko Abohyen Clan] (see below)
    • Nana Adu Twum, married Nana Konadu Yiadom I, born about 1752, died 1809, 4th Asantehemaa, and had issue. He died about 1778.
      • Nana Opoku Kwame, born about 1768, died 1797.
      • Otumfuo Nana Osei Fofie [of the Oyoko Abohyen Clan] (qv)
      • Nana Yaa Dufie, born about 1770, 7th Asantehemaa, married Nana Owusu Panemo, Nkonsonhene, son of Nana Osei Yaw, Nkonsonhene, and had issue. She died 1835.
        • Nana Kwaku Pimpin, born about 1790.
        • Nana Adwowaa Sewaa (f), married and had issue.
          • Nana Poku Waa (f), married and had issue.
            • Nana Baadu (f), married Nana Yaw Afriyie, and had issue, (see below).
      • Nana Akua Akrukruwaa (f), born about 1772, married and had issue. She died 1807.
        • Nana Ata Sewaa, married about 1818, Nana Adu (her cousin), and had issue, see below.
  • Otumfuo Nana Kusi Obodum, 3rd Asantehene 1750/1764 (forced to abdicate), married and had issue.
    • Nana Apaw Panin, married 1780 (her cousin, as her 1st husband), Nana Ama Sewaa, 6th Asantehemaa, born about 1763, died 1824/1833, daughter of Nana Safo Katanka, Mamponghene, and his wife, Nana Akyaama, and had issue. He died about 1790.
      • Nana Kwame Kusi, died 1797/1798.
      • Nana Afua Sapon, 8th Asantehemaa, born 1790, died 1859.
  • Otumfuo Nana Osei Kwadwo Okoawia, 4th Asantehene 1764/1777, born 1735, married and had issue. He died 1777.
    • Nana Owusu Gyamadua
    • Nana Owusu Bannahene
    • Nana Owusu Ansa, married Nana Konadu Yiadom I, born about 1752, died 1809, 4th Asantehemaa, and had issue. He died 1784.
      • Nana Osei Kofi, born about 1779, died 1826.
      • Otumfuo Nana Osei Bonsu (qv)
      • Nana Osei Badu, died 1807.
    • Nana Owusu Afriyie, married about 1809, Nana Afua Sapong, born 1790, (see above), died 1859, 8th Asantehemaa, and had issue. He died 1826.
      • Nana Osei Kwadwo, born about 1810, died 1859.
      • Nana Afua Kobi, born 1815, 9th Asantehemaa, died 1900.
      • Nana Yaa Afere (f), born about 1817, married 1stly Nana Kankam, had issue, four sons, married 2ndly, ...., had issue, one daughter, married 3rdly, Nana Asabi Boakye, had issue, four daughters (see below), and had issue, four sons and five daughters. She died 1882.
      • Nana Akua Afriyie (f), born about 1819, married Nana Boakye Dankwa.
      • Nana Odae (f), born about 1822.
      • Nana Afua Sewaa (f), born about 1824.
      • Nana Abereti (f), born about 1826.
    • Nana Yaa Kyaa (f), married and had issue.
      • Nana Kofi Nti, married 1834, Nana Afua Kobi, born about 1815, died 1900, 9th Asantehemaa, and had issue. he died about 1869.
        • Nana Kwabena Anin, born about 1835.
        • Otumfuo Nana Kofi Karikari [of the Oyoko Abohyen Clan] (qv)
        • Otumfuo Nana Memsa Bonsu Kumaa [of the Oyoko Abohyen Clan] (qv)
        • Nana Yaa Kyaa, born 1845, 10th Asantehemaa, married 1stly, 1859, Nana Kwasi Abayie, died 1867, married 2ndly 1867, Nana Kwasi Gyambibi, died 1903, and had issue (see below). She died 1917.
        • Nana Akua Afriyie, born about 1850, married 1stly, Nana Krapa, died 1873, married 2ndly, 1874, Nana Asafo Boakye, born 1830, died 1925, and had issue (see below). She died 1921.
    • Unknown child, married and had issue.
      • Nana Oti Panin, married and had issue.
        • Nana Boakye Tenten, born 1818, married (as her second husband), Nana Afua Kobi, born about 1815, died 1900, 9th Asantehemaa. He died 1884.
  • Otumfuo Nana Osei Kwame Panin, 5th Asantehene 1777/1803 (forced to abdicate), born about 1765, died 1803/1804.
  • Otumfuo Nana Osei Fofie, 6th Asantehene 1803/1804, born 1775, married and had issue. He died in March 1804.
    • Nana Adu, married about 1818 Nana Ata Sewaa (see above) and had issue.
      • Nana Opoku Ahoni, born about 1818, died about 1848.
  • Otumfuo Nana Osei Bonsu, 7th Asantehene 1804/1824, born 1779, married and had issue. He died 21st January 1824.
    • Nana Owusu Ansa [John Owusu-Ansa], born c1822, possibly in Kumase, educated privately 1831/1836 and then by English tutors in England 1836/1841, embraced Christianity becoming a Methodist catechist, ordained as a Minister into the Gold Coast Methodist Church in 1852, resigned from the Ministry in 1862, devoting himself to Ashante-British diplomacy, he married in 1850, Sarah Scott, a Fante lady from Anomaabo, and had issue. He died 13th November 1884 at Cape Coast.
      • John Owusu-Ansa, born 10th March 1851 in Kumase.
    • Nana Takyiaw, married Otumfuo Nana Kwaku Dua I Panin (see below).
    • Nana Konadu Somprema, married Otumfuo Nana Kwaku Dua I Panin (see below).
  • Otumfuo Nana Osei Yaw Akoto, 8th Asantehene 1824/1834, born 1800, son of Nana Owusu Yaw of the Oyoko Abohyen Clan, Nkonsonhene, and his wife, Nana Kwaadu Yaadam, 4th Asantehemaa, and had issue. He died 21st February 1834.
    • Nana William Owusu Nkwantabisa, born about 1821, educated privately 1831/1836 and then by English tutors in England 1836/1841, embraced Christianity becoming a Methodist catechist, died 8th January 1859 at Cape Coast.
    • Nana Yaw Afriyie, married Nana Baadu (see above), and had issue.
      • Nana Osei Kwadwo.
  • Otumfuo Nana Kwaku Dua I Panin, 9th Asantehene [25.8.1834] - [27.4.1867], born 1797, married (amongst others) (a), Nana Takyiaw, daughter of Otumfuo Nana Osei Bonsu, 7th Asantehene (see above), married (b), Nana Konadu Somprema, daughter of Otumfuo Nana Osei Bonsu, 7th Asantehene and sister of Nana Takyiaw (see above), and had issue. He died 27th April 1867.
    • Nana Kwasi Boakye, born 1827, died 1904.
    • Nana Asabi Boakye, married Nana Yaa Afere, born about 1817, died 1882 and had issue.
      • Nana Yaw Twereboanna, born about 1860, died 1908.
      • Nana Kwame Boaten
      • Nana Adwowa
      • Nana Kwaku Nkruma
    • Nana Boakye Dankwa, married and had issue.
      • Nana Kofi Mensa, born 1857, died 1873.
    • Nana Krapa, married Nana Akua Afriyie, born ca1850, died 1921, daughter of Nana Kofi Nti, and his wife, Nana Afua Kobi (see above), and had issue. He died 1873.
      • Nana Kwasi Berkon
      • Nana Ohene Afrewo (f), married and had issue.
        • Nana Ama Sewaa Nyaako, 12th Asantehemaa.
        • Nana Akua Akyaa Mansa (f), married Nana Opanin Kwabena Poku, Abontendomhene of Gyakye, and had issue.
          • Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware II [Jacob Matthew Poku of the Oyoko Abohyen Clan] (qv)
        • Nana Kwasi Berkon (f)
        • Nana Akosua Nsia (f)
      • Nana Akua Baadu (f), died 1894.
    • Nana Asafo Boakye, born about 1830, married 1874, Nana Akua Afriyie, born about 1850, died 1921, daughter of Nana Kofi Nti, and his wife, Nana Afua Kobi (see above), and had issue. He died 1925.
      • Nana Ama Kom
      • Nana Ama Agyeman
      • Nana Kwaku Dua
    • Nana Kwasi Abayie (by Takyiaw), married 1859, Nana Yaa Kyaa, born 1845, died 1917, 10th Asantehemaa, and had issue. He died 1867.
      • Otumfuo Nana Kwaku Dua II Kumaa [of the Oyoko Abohyen Clan] (qv)
      • Nana Kwabena Kyeretwie
      • Nana Akua Fokua, she married Nana Kwame Dwuben, died 1887.
      • Nana Akua Abakoma, married Nana Kwaku Owusu, and had issue.
        • Otumfuo Nana Osei Agyeman Prempeh II [of the Oyoko Abohyen Clan] (qv)
      • Nana Akua Afriyie (f)
    • Nana Kwasi Gyambibi (by Konadu), married 1867 Nana Yaa Kyaa, born 1845, died 1917, 10th Asantehemaa, and had issue. He died 1903.
      • Otumfuo Nana Kwaku Dua III Asamu Agyeman Prempeh I [of the Oyoko Abohyen Clan] (qv)
      • Nana Agyeman Badu, born 1875, died 1917.
      • Nana Ama Adusa Konadu Yaadom II, 11th Asantehemaa.
  • Otumfuo Nana Kofi Karikari, 10th Asantehene [28.5.1867] - [26.10.1874] (forced to abdicate), born 1837, died 24th June 1884 in Kumasi, Ghana.

  • Nana Kwabena Dwomo [of the Beretuo Clan], Mamponghene and Regent [26.10.1874] - [1874]

  • Otumfuo Nana Mensa Bonsu Kumaa, 11th Asantehene [1874] - [8.3.1883] (forced to abdicate), born 1840, died 1896.
Kwasafomanhyiamu (Council) [8.3.1883[ - [28.4.1884]
  • Otumfuo Nana Kwaku Dua II Kumaa, 12th Asantehene [28.4.1884] - [11.6.1884], born 1860, died 11th June 1884
Nana Owusu Koko (Chairman of the Kumasehyiamu [Council]) [11.6.1884] - [xx.11.1884]

Nana Akyampon Panyin (chairman Kumasehyiamu [Council]) [xx.11.1884] - [1887]

Nana Owusu Sekyere II, Mamponghene and Regent [1887] - [26.3.1888]
  • Otumfuo Nana Kwaku Dua III Asamu Agyeman Prempeh I, 13th Asantehene [26.3.1888] - [1896] and [1926] - [12.5.1931] (as Kumasehene), born 1872, married and had issue, seven sons. He died 12th May 1931.
    • Nana Frederick Prempeh
    • Nana James Prempeh, died after 1926.
    • Nana John Prempeh, died after 1930.
    • Justice Nana Henry Kwasi Prempeh, born March 1910, Supreme Court Judge of Ghana, died 1997.
    • Nana William Prempeh, died 1983.
    • Nana Joseph Prempeh, died 1979.
    • Nana Elizabeth Prempeh
    • Nana Alice Prempeh
    • Lady Nana Mary Prempeh, born 1917, married Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu Agyeman Prempeh II. She died 26th June 2004.
    • Nana Grace Prempeh
Nana Opoku Mensa (Chairman of the Committee of Administration) 1896/1900

INTERREGNUM 1900/1926
  • Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu Agyeman Prempeh II, 14th Asantehene [22.6.1931] - [27.5.1970] (Kumasehene till 1935), born August 1892 in Edweso, married (amongst others), Lady Nana Mary Prempeh, born 1917, died 26th June 2004. He died 27th May 1970 in Kumasi.
  • Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware II, 15th Asantehene [6.7.1970] - [26.2.1999], born 30th November 1919 into the Oyoko clan, enstooled 7th July 1970, married 1945, Nana Victoria (Opoku Ware), born 22nd April 1929, died 6th March 1996, and had issue. He died 26th February 1999, buried 25th March 1999 at the Royal Mausoleum in Kumasi.
    • Nana Konadu
    • Nana Osei Poku
    • Nana Ama Sewaa Nyaako (Nyarko)
    • Nana Akua Kyaa, born July 1955 in London.
Daasebre Nana Osei Bonsu II [Saint Oswald Gyimah-Kessie], Regent [25.2.1999] - [26.4.1999], born 31st December 1939, Mamponghene (Chief of the Ashante-Mampong Area), of the Beretuo clan.
  • Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, 16th Asantehene (see above)
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