Akropong–Akuapem

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Akuapem and Akropong were kingdom-states in South-Eastern Ghana. With the enthronement of the Akan/Akyem King in 1773 to the throne of Akropong alongside the throne of Akuapem, the kingdom became a double state known as the Akropong–Akuapem Kingdom.

King Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III of Akropong held the "sacred seat" of the Akuapem-Asona, one of the seven major Akan clans, for sixteen years. In 1733, Akwamu launched his army against the city-State of Akropong, which had been spared from the Ashanti conquests. To defend itself, the city called upon soldiers who liked war, the Akim, and who are also the hereditary enemies of the Ashanti. Akropong was saved, and as a reward, the chief(king) of the Akim was enthroned as the King of Akropong.[1]

The Akan[edit]

49.1% of the population of Ghana are of the Akan Nations, the Akan Nations are a linguistic group of West Africa. This group includes the Akuapem, the Akyem, the Ashanti, the Baoulé, the Brong/Abron, the Fante and the Nzema peoples covering the Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, Western, Central, and Eastern Regions, as well as portions of the midsection of the Volta Region, and into North Ghana. Cross-bordering into Togo, and covering Côte d'Ivoire Akan; Akye, Aowin and Baoulé Nations in the Southern, Central and Eastern Region of Ivory Coast forming approximately 18-20% of the Ivory Coast population and related lines further into the neighbouring francophone Countries and into Nigeria, forming as collective Kingdom Nations Tribal lines one of the largest Major Kingdom Nations on the African Continent.

From the 15th century to 19th century, the Akan people dominated gold mining and gold trade in the region. Akan art is wide-ranging and renowned, especially for the tradition of crafting bronze gold weights, which were made using the lost wax method of casting. Branches of the Akan include the Abron and the Afutu. The Akan culture is the most dominant and apparent in present-day Ghana.

References[edit]

  • Ministry of Culture and Chieftaincy Ghana West Africa.
  • "Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III" information from Ghana Nation
  • Wikipedia Open Library