Adansi is the name of a distinct Ashanti language Twi-speaking tribe on the Ashantiland Peninsula, to the south of the Ashanti people. The Adansi tribe is the smaller of the two tribes inhabiting the Ashanti Region.
The capital of the Adansi tribe is at Fomena. An Adansihene (king of Adansi) is still designated. The Adansi tribe has seven paramountcies namely the capital, Fomena, New Edubiase, Ayaase, Akrokyere (Akrokerri), Akrofuom, Bodwesango and Dompoase. The Adansi tribe is devolved into three local government divisions - Adansi South which has a population of 129,325 and an area of 1,380 square kilometres has the capital at New Edubiase; Adansi North has a population of 235,680, and an area 828 square kilometres and has its capital at Fomena; and Obuasi Municipal which has a population of 175,043 and is the second largest urban settlement in the Ashanti City-State and the eight biggest urban settlement on the Ashantiland Peninsula. Adansi South was once the largest cocoa growing area in the whole of the Ashanti City-State and on the Ashantiland Peninsula.
The Adansi tribe stretches from the Pra River to the south to the Asante paramountcy of Bekwai to the north. It is also bound to the south-west by the Ashanti language Twi-speaking Denkyera tribe. According to imminent historian F.K.Buah, the Adansiland is considered the origin of some Akan people. In the 17th century the Adansi were a powerful people who were known for their ability to build beautiful structures. The office of the Akan office of Okyeame (linguist) is said to have originated in Adansi.
Obuasi is a town in southern Ashanti City-State and is the capital of Obuasi Municipal, a district, lying south of Kumasi in the Ashanti City-State on the Ashantiland Peninsula. Obuasi is the second largest urban settlement in the Ashanti City-State and the eight most populous settlement on the Ashantiland Peninsula, in terms of population, with a population of 175,043 people. It is the largest settlement of the Adansi people, a Ashanti language Twi-speaking Akan tribe that has been enslaved by the powerful Ashanti people to the north for many centuries due to the Obausi goldmine and goldfields.
Situated on the railway line from Kumasi to Sekondi, it is known for its Obuasi Gold Mine, now one of the nine largest on Earth, gold having been mined on the site since at least the seventeenth century.
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