In the first episode of our fifth podcast season, you’ll hear the Berlin-based British-Ghanaian author and political activist Sharon Dodua Otoo talking about her favourite woman who ever lived: Nana Yaa Asantewaa. This Asante queen led the 1900 war against British colonialism in present-day Ghana. When the British governor demanded the kingdom’s emblem of power, the Golden Stool, Nana Yaa Asantewaa encouraged the Asante government to fight back through a powerful speech, and was chosen to head an army of 5000 at the age of sixty.
Sharon gives us all the context of who, what, where and when – and tells us how important Nana Yaa Asantewaa is as a role model for her and many others. DLS co-founder Katy Derbyshire joins Susan Stone to introduce this fascinating talk.
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You can read the transcript here.
There aren’t many photos of Nana Yaa Asantewaa, but there’s this:
Sharon mentions two key books:
If you’d like to read Sharon’s own books in German or English, there are plenty to choose from.
Here’s where to watch Vanessa Danso’s The Legendary Nana Yaa Asantewaa. Or you could defeat the colonial masters guided by the queen herself in a live-action game, from the safety of your own home.
To finish off, here’s the school named after her, part of an impressive legacy.
Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon. Thanks for listening!
We’ll be back with a new episode in October.