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How Osei Tutu the first died and why no King of Ashanti crosses the river Pra after his death

The Ashanti kingdom continue to expand and dominate most of the Akan states under the rule of Nana Osei Tutu I. In an attempt to dominate the Akyem brought about a war between these two Akan states. Akyem resistance to Asante political domination was not only persistent but also it was nearly the most successful.

In 1717, Nana Osei Tutu decided to take the war to the Akyem .Because of the power he control and the Akyem soldiers been out numbered by the Ashanti soldiers, Osei Tutu I underestimated the Akyems. He taught the battle would be very easy to win, so he left his magical Amulets and his body armour made for him by Nana Okomfo Anokye purposely for war to protect him in Kumasi.

One day ,when he was crossing River Pra in a canoes with his soldiers. he was struck by bullets from snipers and sharpshooters, who were hiding in the thick forest surrounding the river.

Asantehene Osei Tutu I died minutes after being shot. His last words were “if only i knew” which in Twi means “Ankah me nim a” an apparent reference to his having underestimated the Akyem. Until this present day , any occupant of the Golden Stool is forbidden to cross River Pra.

 

Written By: Kobi123

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