Kofi Karikari

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Kofi Karikari
Asantehene of Asanteman; Kumasehene of Kumasi
King of the Kingdom of Ashanti
Reign 28 May 1867 – 26 October 1874
Coronation 28 May 1867
Predecessor Kwaku Dua I
Successor Kwabena Dwomo
Born c. 1837
Kumasi, Kingdom of Ashanti
Died c. 1884 (aged 47)
Kingdom of Ashanti
Full name
Otumfuo Nana Kofi Karikari
House House of Beretuo Dynasty

Kofi Karikari (Karikari is pronounced: kakari) (c. 1837 – 1884)[1] was the tenth King of the Kingdom of Ashanti (King of the Ashanti), grandnephew of Kwaku Dua I, whose sudden death in April 1867 sparked internal strife about the succession. Kofi Karikari was chosen by electoral majority,[2] reigning from 28 May 1867 until his forced abdication on 26 October 1874.[3] A notable achievement of King Asantehene Kofi Karikari was the intentional neglect of the armed forces, a step taken to avoid the escalation of war.

A golden trophy head, owned by Kakari, was among many items "pillaged from the royal mausoleum in Kumase by a British 'expedition' in the 1880s, can be found at the Wallace Collection in London".[1]

Kofi Karikari was the son of Afua Kobi.[4]

Golden trophy head owned by King Kofi Karikari.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cameron Duodu, "Obituary of Beryl Karikari", The Guardian, 5 March 2007.
  2. ^ "Kofi Karikari (1937-1884)", in Harold E. Raugh, The Victorians at War, 1815-1914: An Encyclopedia of British Military History, ABC-CLIO, 2004, pp. 203-04.
  3. ^ T. C. McCaskie, State and Society in Pre-Colonial Asante, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 69-70.
  4. ^ Kathleen E. Sheldon (2005). Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-5331-7. 

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Asantehene Genealogical Tree Timeline History
Genealogical tree of the Asantehenes the Emperors of the Ashanti people and Ashanti City-State and Ashantiland and Empire of Ashanti