The Ashanti kingdom of Ghana is by far the richest in Ghana in terms of resources, history and culture. The regional capital is Kumasi which is popularly called the garden city because of its beauty and aesthetic nature. This kingdom is highly regarded as the richest in Ghana because of many features. Notable among these are its:
1.Immense range of minerals – The Ashanti region is home to most of Ghana’s rich minerals. When you think about gold in Ghana, you think of Obuasi. This town in the Ashanti region is the home to 90% of the gold mined in Ghana. The importance of gold to Ghana’s economy cannot be overemphasized. “Konongo’’, another town in the Ashanti region is a powerhouse when it comes to gold mining. Bauxite, diamond and manganese are other minerals that can be found within the Ashanti kingdom.
2. Rich cultural heritage – The Ashanti Kingdom is also very rich in culture and tradition. Many Ghanaian artifacts are attributed to this great Kingdom. Talk of “Kente”, the beautiful and expensive woven piece of cloth that is worn for very important and memorable occasions. Anytime one wants to marry an Ashanti woman, a piece of Kente cloth is a basic requirement. Usually at the ceremonies, this beautiful cloth is used to make dresses for the women and cover cloth for the men. Another important element of the rich Ashanti culture that is worthy of note is the “golden stool” which is believed to have been conjured from the skies by a very renowned Ashanti fetish priest “Okomfo Anokye” in the late 1600’s.
3. Historic Leaders – When we talk about great leaders to have graced the Ashanti Kingdom, there are a few names that definately come to mind. Yaa Asantewaa was appointed queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti Empire — now part of modern-day Ghana by her brother Nana Akwasi Afrane Okpese, the Ejisuhene—or ruler of Ejisu. In 1900, she led the Ashanti rebellion known as the War of the Golden Stool , also known as the Yaa Asantewaa war, against British colonialism . Otumfuo Osei-Tutu II is the current King of the Ashanti empire. He is the 16th Asantehene , ruler of Ashanti and Ashantiland and the Kingdom of Ashanti . King Osei Tutu ascended the Golden Stool (throne) on 26 April 1999. By name, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is in direct succession to the founder of the Empire of Ashanti , Otumfuo Osei Tutu .