Yaa Asantewaa Did Not Actually Lead The Ashantis To War As We Have Been Made To Believe.
Besides, she Was About Sixty-Five (65) Years Then At The Time Of Those Events.
As Such, wasn’t Strong Enough To Lead Men To Battle.
Instead, Yaa Asantewaa Incited And Instigated The Army To Fight The British.
Indeed, she Had A Very Loud And Gossiping Mouth So She Told The Warriors That If They Will Sit And Not Fight, She Will Lead The Rebellion Herself.
Actually, that Made The People See Her As Brave And A Motivator.
But She Was Not On The Battle Front line Like We Have Been Told.
Note that, Anybody That Led The Men Was Arrested By The British.
So All Ohemaa Yaa Could Do Was To Instigate the People And Nothing Else.
In Other Words, She Talked Big, Bragged A Lot With Loud Mouth, And Got Arrested By The British. And She Was Sent To Seychelles Island Where King Prempeh Was.
Who Even Said That Women Are Allowed To Go To War Those Days? Also This Wasn’t The Real Photo Of Yaa Asantewaa.
This Woman Wasn’t Even Part Of The Battle.
Actual Photo Of Yaa!
Historian, Herman W. Von Hesse has stated that the trending picture of the woman holding a gun is indeed NOT Yaa Asantewaa.
Attached are two pictures below are of her.
The first where she was is bare chested is believed to have been taken after she was captured by the British in the early 1900s .
For those wondering why a Queen Mother she was bare chested; historian Herman W. Von Hesse writes;
‘Royal and non-Royal women walking bare precolonial breasted was completely normal in and early colonial Ghana. Nothing scandalous about that.
It’s rather missionaries and coastal elites who taught us that being bare breasted was not a sign of modesty. Reason why kaba srotu was invented on the coast as an imitation of the European blouse.’
Again, the picture below is from The Basel Mission Archives and according to Yaw Asante;
She is the one wearing White in the front. The man in the middle is Asantehene Prempeh I and on his left is his mother Asantehemaa and other big chiefs of Asanteman.
The picture was taken in Seychelles island in the early 1920’s.
(Kindly note, the education and clarification is truly important and that we get to know more about the legacy of the Queen, Yaa Asantewaa .)
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