Bond of 1844 vs Maxwell Treaty of 1896
“YAA ASANTEWAA, Edwesohemaa, or “Queenmother” of Edweso, was by no means unknown to the British Administration in Asante. She and her grandson, Edwesohene Kwasi Afrane Kumaa, had granted a concession over “Obbuasi Mines” to G. A. Robertson, the Winneba chief and Amma Sika. Her grandson, however, was among those seized and exiled by MAXWELL at the beginning of the year. It was accordingly, Yaa Asantewaa who, by one of the MAXWELL TREATIES OF 10 FEBRUARY 1896, committed Edweso to Britain’s FRIENDSHIP AND PROTECTION.
On 19 November 1896 the Kumase Resident her about the concession. The indomitable old lady said first, that he knew nothing about the concession, second that if she had been party to it she would have asked for more money, and third that the land in question had been given to Edweso by Agyeman Prempeh as a reward for its support IN THE CIVIL WAR.
Strangely enough, Stewart seemed unaware of Cade’s negotiations for the Obuase lands, and appears to have thought that Kokofu (rather than Bekwae or Adanse) was the proprietor. When exactly Yaa Asantewaa decided actively to take arms is uncertain.
What has become known as the YAA ASANTEWAA WAR was unsuccessful COUNTERCOUP much inspired by Edwesohemaa Yaa Asantewaa, and led by Bantamahene Kwabena Kyere, intended to achieve a return to something like the pre-1896 situation. We may assume none of the its leaders believed that the British suppression of the rising would be construed as conquest of the whole Asanteman but Compton made an almost verily prescient comment on the death of Kwabena Kyere: ..with a fine, lion-like dignity that lifted above the vulgar noose, died Ling Kobina Cherri, and with him the ambition that would have revived a Pagan Empire in Western Africa to slash the opening pages of the twentieth century with its satire on civilization.
Ivor Wilks, “Asante at the end of the Nineteenth Century: Setting the Record Straight.”, Ghan studies 3 (2000): 13-59.
CO.96/280, Maxwell to Chamberlain, 10 Dec. 1896.
- C. McCaskie, “Inventing Asante,” in P. F. de Moraes Farias and Karin Barber (eds), Self-Assertion and Brokerage. Early Cultural Nationalism in West Africa, Centre of the West African Studies, Birmingham University, 1990, 57-61
I have met McCaskie and had ‘historical chat’ at his residence at Accra before.
The President caused me to expose us! LYING NATION! YAA ASANTEWAA DID NOTHING KING AGGREY OF CAPE COAST DIDN’T DO. SHE DIDN’T “RESIST IMPERIALISM”! I discovered this lie in Level 300 at the University and wouldn’t burst the bubble invented by Prof. Adu Boahen et al.
I am afraid we would eventually revise every piece of sh*t of lie we’ve been feeding on.