List of rulers of Asante

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King of Ashanti
Asantehene ma Asanteman
Ashanti Empire Flag.svg

King Asantehene Osei Tutu II of Ashanti-Asanteman.jpg

StyleHis – Your Majesty
First monarchOsei Tutu Opemsoo
1701 to 1717
Formationc. 1670
ResidenceManhyia Royal Palace

WebsiteThe Ashanti Monarchy
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King of Ashanti
Asantehene ma Asanteman
Ashanti Empire Flag.svg

King Asantehene Osei Tutu II of Ashanti-Asanteman.jpg

StyleHis – Your Majesty
First monarchOsei Tutu Opemsoo
1701 to 1717
Formationc. 1670
ResidenceManhyia Royal Palace

WebsiteThe Ashanti Monarchy

The Asantehene is the absolute monarch of the Kingdom of Ashanti and Ashantiland and the Ashanti (or Asante) people ethnic group. The Ashanti royal house traces its line to the Oyoko (an Abusua, meaning 'clan') Abohyen Dynasty of Nana Twum and the Beretuo Dynasty of Osei Tutu Opemsoo, who formed the Empire of Ashanti in 1701 and was crowned Asantehene (King of all Ashanti).[1] Osei Tutu held the Ashanti throne until his death in battle in 1717, and was the sixth king in Asante royal history.[2]

The Asantehene is the ruler of the Ashanti people ethnic group and the Kingdom of Ashanti and Ashantiland the homeland of the Ashanti people ethnic group, historically a position of great power. The Asantehene is traditionally enthroned on a golden stool known as the Sika 'dwa, and the office is sometimes referred to by this name.[3] The Asantehene is also the titular ruler of Kumasi, capital of Ashanti. The Asante state, or Asanteman (also known as the Kingdom of Ashanti, Ashantiland, Ashanti and Asante, Empire of Ashanti or Ashanti Confederacy), comprises the Ashanti region. The Ashanti Empire and Confederacy comprised part of present-day Ashantiland (southern Ghana) and portions of present-day eastern Côte d'Ivoire between the 17th and 20th centuries.[3][4]

The current Asantehene is Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, born Nana Kwaku Dua, who ascended as the 16th Asante ling in April 1999. Osei Tutu II was one of seven descendants who were eligible to the heir presumptive.[5] The Asantehene is also automatically the lifetime patron of the Kumasi Asante Kotoko Football Club.

Elections and regents[edit]

During the period between the death of an Asantehene and the election of a successor, the Mamponghene, the Asantehene's deputy, acts as a regent.[6] This policy was only changed during a time of civil war in the late 19th century, when the Kwasafomanhyiamu or governing council itself ruled as regent.[6] The succession is decided by a series of councils of Asante nobles and other royal family members.[6]

The colonial era and Ashanti independence[edit]

Map of Ashantiland (1st left) and the Kingdom of Ashanti (2nd left) and Ashanti Region (2nd right) with its administrative districts (1st right).

The Ashanti Confederacy was made a British protectorate in 1902, and the office of Asantehene was discontinued. In 1926, the British permitted the repatriation of Prempeh I – whom they had exiled to the Seychelles in 1896[7][8] – and allowed him to adopt the title Kumasehene, but not Ghana Asantehene. However, in 1935, the British finally granted the Ashanti their independence as the sovereign Kingdom of Ashanti and Ashantiland, and the title of Asantehene was revived.[9]

On 6 March 1957, the Kingdom of Ashanti and Ashantiland entered a state union with Ghana, the Northern Territories, the Gold Coast Crown Colony and the British Mandate of Togoland to form the modern state of Ghana. The office of Asantehene is now a sub-national absolute constitutional monarchy, and is protected by the Ghanaian constitution.[further explanation needed]

List of rulers[edit]

All rulers in the lists below were members of the Oyoko Abohyen Dynasty.

Kwaamanhene of the Kwaaman State[edit]

Otumfuo Nana Twumabout 1570Ashanti Empire Flag.svg
Otumfuo Nana Antwiabout 1600
Otumfuo Nana Kobia Amamfiabout 1600about 1630
Otumfuo Nana Oti Akentenabout 1630about 1640

Kumasehene of the Kumaseman State[edit]

Otumfuo Nana Oti Akentenabout 1640about 1660Ashanti Empire Flag.svg
Otumfuo Nana Obiri Yeboaabout 1660about 1680
Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu Opemsooabout 1675/16801701Founder of Asanteman. Reign continues as Asantehene.Kumasehene of Kumasi, King Asantehene Osei Tutu I of Asanteman

Asantehene of the Kingdom of Ashanti (Ashanti Empire)[edit]

All regents were members of the Beretuo Dynasty who were and still are the holders of the title Mamponghene.
Upon the death of the Asantehene, it is the task of the Mamponghene to act as the regent, or Awisiahene.[10]
Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu Opemsoo17011717King Asantehene Osei Tutu I of Asanteman
Regent 1717 to 1720 Amaniampon, the mamponghene
Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware Katakyie17201750Ashanti Empire Flag.svg
Otumfuo Nana Kusi Oboadum17501764Forced to abdicate.
Regent 1764 Safo Kantanka, the mamponghene
Otumfuo Nana Osei Kwadwo Okoawia17641777Ashanti Empire Flag.svg
Regent 1777 Atakora Kwame, the mamponghene
Osei Kwame Panyin17771803
Otumfuo Nana Opoku FofieDecember 1803March 1804Ashanti Empire Flag.svg
Osei Tutu Kwame Asiba180421 January 1824Known as Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu Kwame Asiba Bonsu from 1807.
Otumfuo Nana Osei Yaw Akoto182421 February 1834Ashanti Empire Flag.svg
Otumfuo Nana Kwaku Dua I25 August 183427 April 1867
Otumfuo Nana Kofi Karikari28 May 186726 October 1874Forced to abdicate.
Regent 1874 Kwabena Dwomo, the mamponghene
Otumfuo Nana Mensa Bonsu18748 March 1883Forced to abdicate.Ashanti Empire Flag.svg
Asante Civil War 1883-1888
Otumfuo Nana Kwaku Dua II28 April 188411 June 1884Died after short illness.
Interim Council 1884-1887. Chairman Owusu Kofi 11 June 1884 to November 1884. Chairman Akyampon Panyin November 1884 to 1887.
Regent 1887 to 26 March 1888 Owusu Sekyere II, the mamponghene
Otumfuo Nana Prempeh I26 March 188812 May 1931Original throne name was Kwaku Dua III Asamu. Arrested by the British 1896. Exiled 1900. Released 12 September 1924. Restored as kumasehene 12 November 1926.King Asantehene Prempeh I of Ashanti Empire
Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu Agyeman Prempeh II22 June 193127 May 1970Using title kumasehene at first, asantehene 31 January 1935.King Asantehene Prempeh II of Asanteman
Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware II6 July 197026 February 1999Ruled as Ashanti King or AsanteheneKing Asantehene Opoku Ware II of Asanteman
Regent 26 February 1999 to 26 April 1999 Osei Bonsu II, the mamponghene
Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II26 April 1999IncumbentAsanteheneKing Asantehene Osei Tutu II of Asanteman


  1. ^ Shillington, loc. cit.
  2. ^ Collins and Burns (2007). p. 140.
  3. ^ a b Asante empire. Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  4. ^ History of the Ashanti Empire. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  5. ^ Kingdom of Ashanti Kings And Queens Of Asante. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  6. ^ a b c Shillington, op. cit. p. 195.
  7. ^ "The Exile of Prempeh in the Seychelles". Kreol International Magazine. 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Asantehene to visit Seychelle". Modern . 5 July 2007. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  9. ^ Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  10. ^ Ashanti knowledge. Retrieved 2012-11-12.

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