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'The History of Ashanti Kings and the Whole Country Itself' and Other Writings, by Otumfuo, Nana Agyeman Prempeh I (Fontes Historiae Africanae, New Series: Sources of African History) [Paperback]

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8 May 2008 Fontes Historiae Africanae, New Series: Sources of African History (Book 6)
The History of Ashanti Kings and the Whole Country Itself is a key text for understanding the history of the great West African kingdom of Asante (now in Ghana). It is also an early - and perhaps the earliest - example of history writing in English by an African ruler and his amanuenses. It was begun in 1907 in the Seychelles on the instructions of the Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh I, who had been in British captivity with his family since 1896, during which time he had acquired proficiency in English.

The chief source of information was his mother the Asantehemaa Yaa Kyaa, who possessed an encyclopaedic knowledge of the oral history of her own lineage, which was also the royal dynasty of Asante. The result is an indispensably detailed document that charts the history of the Asante monarchy from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. Context is provided by the inclusion of other writings by or about Agyeman Prempeh, together with four introductory essays by the world's leading scholars of Asante history.

This fascinating volume evokes the rich historical experience of a renowned kingdom, and is of compelling interest to all concerned with the production of indigenous historical knowledge in Africa.


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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: OUP/British Academy (8 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0197264158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0197264157
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 756,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book makes a milestone in more than one sense - as a major new source for precolonial Asante history, as a fascinating example of early historical writing by Africans, as a virtuoso demonstration of how to impose some intelligibility upon the perplexing detail of what was once oral tradition, and as a challenge to historians, who must decide how to respond to this kind of material.' (Anthropos)

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Author: Otumfuo, Nana Agyeman Prempeh I (1872-1931) Editors: Dr E.Akyeampong (Professor, History Department, Harvard University), Dr A. Adu Boahen (Professor Emeritus, History Department, University of Ghana), Dr N. Lawler (formerly Professor, Oakton Community College, Chicago), Dr T.C.McCaskie (Reader in Asante History, University of Birmingham), Dr I. Wilks (Professor Emeritus, African Studies, Northwestern University)

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5.0 out of 5 stars our love for culture and family is fantastic 22 Oct 2014
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As a descent of Prempeh lineag, this book by far one of the most important historical book that I've read.

I am reduced to tears at various point, the deceptive nature of the British is phenomenal.

However, the resilience of the Asante, our love for culture and family is fantastic. This book is a must have in every African home. It is vital to black history, to dispel the falsehood of what and how we have been presented in history

I am even more inflated as an Asant.

A fantastic book!!
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