5 African women who deserve global celebration for fighting oppression way before the 1900s

October 08, 2018 at 06:00 pm | Women

Farida Dawkins

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

October 08, 2018 at 06:00 pm | Women

Illustration of Yaa Asantewaa…Adonis Diaries

Yaa Asantewaa

Yaa Asantewaa was the Queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti Empire during the 1900s. She was born on October 17, 1840.

In 1900, Yaa spearheaded the Ashanti War against British colonialist dubbed the War of the Golden Stool.

Yaa also used her oratory skills to inspire village chiefs to fight back against colonialists.

In 1902, Yaa along with King Prempeh and additional Ghanaian chiefs were exiled to Seychelles.

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