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