History of Adanwomase

Adanwomase History

Like the founding of many of the Asante towns and villages which often began as hunter’s huts, camps or bases where hunters treated their exploits, the hut or camp which is present – day Adanwomase might have been first settled by the Ekuona and Oyoko clans or tribes from Adanse Ayaase possibly around the year 1700.

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One Ntiamoa Panin with his three sisters Akyaa Benkum (being the eldest of the three sisters) Amma Afisaah and Abena Frimpomma arrived in Kumsi. They fell on one Nana Darko Mprah, a linguist of the late Nana Osei Tutu, the Asantehene, at that time. Nana Darko Mprah led them to see Otumfour and after they had greeted him and had put the purpose of their visit to him, Otumfour handed them over to one Nana Owusu Afriyie, his son and who was the then Akyempimhene, to settle them because they carried a message that they had come to be helped to get a place to settle.

On receiving them, Akyempimhene enquired from them where they had come from. On being told that they had come from Adanse Ayaase, Akyempimhene quickly called to mind one man in

the person of kokoo Boakye, one of his father’s hunters and whose hunting grounds were beyond Sakora Worae, also of having come from the same place or town with them. He asked them if they ever knew him which they confirmed their knowledge of him except that he belonged to the Oyoko clan or tribe while they belonged to the Ekuona. Akyempimhene told them he would take them to him and stay with them at the palace he had built his hut so that they would be one people and be his ( Akyempimhene) people too. This has continued up to this present day. Kokoo Boakye had built a hut under a big ‘danwoma’ tree on an upper land few distance from Bommohwe stream where he treated his hunting exploits before taking them to the palace in Kumasi. He had made the place a home where he enjoyed life. It is said that the then Juabenhene became dissatisfied with him and at one stage confiscated all the meat because he saw no reason why kokoo Boakye stayed and operated on his stool land but was not given a share in the booty that came out from the operations. The then Juaben thought that Kokoo Boakye hunted for Akyempimhene alone not knowing that part of the exploits went to Asantehene. This land dispute and Juabenhene’s dissatisfaction existed for a long time until in 1916 when one Mr. Fuller, the then Ashanti Regional commissioner, stepped in and finally set up the land boundaries separating the two towns. Mr. Fuller used Rivers Oda, Pako, Bommohye, Amatwoa, Opuni, Ntiaa and Afiasu.At places where rivers as natural boundaries were not available he would use pillars, especially between Adanwomse and Safo, Adanwomase and Bonwire.
Kokoo Boakye named his hut ‘Danwomase’. 

The prefix ‘A’ was later added to bring out what actually went on under the ‘danwomase’ tree. ‘Ada’- have slept. ‘Ada danwoma ase’ was simplified to become Adanwomase. Under the ‘danwomase’ tree was their first resting or sleeping place before the forest was hewed down to expand the settlement.

Adanwomase First House

Tribal wars at that often created fears and uncertainties and made people always be on the move to seek security elsewhere. These reasons and others brought other clans or tribes to join the settlers. Ntiamoah Panin was made the leader of the settle and his Ekuona family has since his time been the royals and chiefs of the town. Their chronology as chiefs follows: –

  • 1. Nana Ntiamoah Panin
  • 2. Nana Antwi
  • 3. Nana Kwadwo Tiah
  • 4. Nana Nkansa
  • 5. Nana Afriyie
  • 6. Nana Okyei
  • 7. Nana Opoku
  • 8. Nana Fosu
  • 9. Nana Antwi ( from Akyaa Benkum’s line. From 1964 to date)
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