Nana Yaa Asantewaa was the queen mother of the Edweso tribe of the Asante (Ashanti) in what is now modern Ghana. In or around 1900, she raised and led an army of thousands against the British colonial forces in Ghana and their efforts to subjugate the Asante. In the Ashanti-British “War of the Golden Stool,” Queen Mother Nana Yaa Asantewaa and her army of 5,000 laid siege to the British fort of Kumasi. In response, the British were forced to bring in several thousand troops and artillery, and ultimately exiled Queen Yaa Asantewaa and 15 of her closest advisors to the Seychelles. This war was one of the last major wars on the continent of Africa to be led by a woman.
“If you the men of Ashanti will not go forward, then we will. We the women will. I shall call upon my fellow women. We will fight the white men. We will fight till the last of us falls in the battlefields.”
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