Opoku Ware I

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Katakyie Opoku Ware I (1700–1750) was an Oyoko king or Asantehene - the ruler of the Ashanti - in the now-disbanded Ashanti Confederacy which occupied parts of what is now Ghana. He is credited with being the "empire builder" of the Ashanti Confederacy.

He married and had two children named Adusei Atwenewa and Adusei Kra.

During his role as king, which lasted from 1720 (some sources cite 1718,[1] while leading the army against the Akan state of the Akyem) to his death in 1750, he fought against the Bono, another Akan state, and had defeated them by 1723. Between 1741 and 1744, King Opoku fought and won a number of wars against various states in the region. Discrepancies in sources imply he either died in 1742, or around 1750.

Upon his death, he was succeeded by Kusi Obodom.

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