They Gave Their Lives To Defend This Piece Of African History

golden stool
Adé Hennis
November 8, 2023

According to Asante, or Ashanti, tradition, the Golden Stool was delivered from heaven to the nation and its priest at the time, Okomfo Anokye. Regardless of its origins, however, the nation of Asante, now present-day Ghana, will go to war over that stool.

The Asante waged war for this stool in the early 1900s, after the British empire tried to take the stool as a sign of the Asante’s submission to British rule. But the nation would not tap out.

After a sound beating from the Asante, British colonizers gave up and swore to never pursue it again. But what made this stool so important?

The Golden Stool was used as a way for war chiefs to receive wisdom from spirits, and it was for the dead to rest upon. No ordinary human could sit on it, and it never touched the ground. Till this day, Ghana holds an annual festival to celebrate the spiritual power of the stool.

The Golden Stool represents a tradition that has kept the Ashanti’s spirit strong. Our historical relics are more than their monetary value.  They remind us to embrace the spiritual and historical power in our families and communities.

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