Sunday, August 27, 2006

Rulers of the Akan state of Asante

The Asantehene is the ruler of the Ashanti people. While today it is a strictly ceremonial role, it was once a position of great power as the leader of the Ashanti Confederacy. The Asantehene is crowned on a golden stool, known as the Sika 'dwa and the office is sometimes referred to by this name.
The Asantehene also holds the title of Kumasehene, ruler of Kumasi, the capital and most important town of the Confederacy.