It is believed to contain the soul of the Ashanti nation: Find out more

Edoukwah

As Ghanaians, we must know and appreciate our cultural values. You'll all agree with me that some Ghanaians do not have the slightest idea about their ethnic groups, something which makes them more unique.

Today, my focus is on the Asantes. I'm going to take you through one particular thing that makes them unique. I'm talking of no other than "Sika Dwa Kofi", popularly known as the Golden Stool.

The Golden Stool has been the symbol of power in Ashanti Kingdom since the 17th century. History has it that Okomfo Anokye and one of the two founders of the Ashanti Confederacy, evoked the Golden Stool, adorned with golden bells, and caused it to be lowered from the sky where it landed at the feet of Otumfuor Osei Tutu I. Starting from the time of Otumfuor Osei Tutu I, the Ashantis have believed that the Golden Stool contains the soul of the Ashanti nation.



It was never made to touch the ground and was considered very sanctified that no one was allowed to sit on it. Every new Ashanti king is lowered and raised over the Golden Stool without touching it. No one could be considered a legal ruler without the Golden Stool. The Golden Stool usually occupied its own throne next to the Asantehene.


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