Baafuor Amankwatia I  

It has been written [Rattray] that his mother, a Dwaben woman,  was the obagyegyefoɔ of Asantehene Opemsuo Osei Tutu. Clearly, the logical inference from what we know is that Baafoɔ Amankwatia was probably born about the same time as the future King, which would have been how it was possible for his mother to assume the role of breast feeder to the future King.


From R.S. Rattray (1927):

Many Ashanti mothers do not feed their infants for the first two or three days after birth, but call in a wet nurse (obagyegyefoɔ), lit.  'one who receives the infant'. In the case of a child of the Oyoko or Royal clan, from  which were drawn the Ashanti kings, this was always done. The woman so chosen was compelled to send away her own child and to nurse the royal baby. Such a foster-mother found great honour; she was fed on the best food  and richly dressed; she might be given 'a stool' and subjects, and so become the founder of a new house. Her own child, which she had been compelled to leave with another woman to suckle, might  also be made a chief. Many of the Coomassie [Kumasi] chiefs owe their position to this cause in the olden times. Afua Fofie [aka Afua Moku, a Dwaben woman], an ancestress of the present chief of Bantama, the Ashanti war lord, suckled the famous Ashanti king, Osae Tutu [Osei Tutu]. Afua Fofie was mother of Amankwatia who was created the Chief of Bantama.


Author Osei Kwadwo on Amankwaatia Panin  

Bantama stool is among the four stools in the Kumase state which enjoy paramount status. The rest are Akyempem, Akwamu, and Adonten stools. Bantama stool is the paramount stool for the Kontire division of Kumase state.  

The first occupant of the stool, Baafoɔ Amankwatia I and his people were believed to have come from Sebedie, near Kokofu. Baafoɔ Amankwatia I, who was the first occupant of the stool, was a friend to Nana Osei Tutu during their youthful days. Oral tradition has it that when the king of Denkyira, Nana Boamponsem, needed a royal from Kumase to come and serve at his court, Osei Tutu was the royal chosen for that service. Osei Tutu in turn requested his friend Amankwaatia to accompany him to Denkyira. Amankwaatia willingly accepted the invitation and followed Osei Tutu to Denkyira where both of them served at Denkyirahene's court. Another version of the history states that Amankwaatia  was a stool carrier of the Denkyirahene. It was he who saved Nana Osei Tutu when he impregnated Ako Abenaa Bansua, the sister of Denkyirahene. A secret meeting was held where it was decided that he should be killed for the action. However, Amankwaatia who was at the meeting  divulged it to Osei Tutu and hurriedly ran away with him in the night to Akwamu. In either way, Amankwaatia was with Nana Osei Tutu both in Denkyira and Akwamu. They also studied the war tactics of the Akwamu people together. 



[Ref: Osei Kwadwo, Part 2, Vol 1.]


Rattray on Amankwaatia Panin  

... ..This victory against the Domina [Dɔmaa] had been achieved in the following manner. Before the commencement of the campaign, the army leaders told Kɔmfo Anotche [Anɔkye] that his brother [and immediate predecessor as Kwaman Kɔmfoɔ, Yamoa, who died with Nana Obiri Yɛboa  in the war against Dɔmaahene Kyɛrɛmɛ Sikafoɔ] had promised them  the victory in the previous war, which had ended in their defeat and in the death of Obiri Yɛboa, and they demanded a sign from Anotche that they would be victorious.. Kɔmfo Anotche therefore bade Amankwatia, who had followed Osai Tutu from Akwamu, to stand at Diakomfoase, where he told him he would meet a leopard. He ordered Amankwatia to lead the leopard by its left paw  and bring  it to him. Amankwatia did as he was told , met a leopard, and led it to  Anotche by the left paw. Osei Tutu then cut off its head. Its skin was made into a hat for Amankwatia, and he was given the title of Ko'ntire Hene (commander of the Fighters). The skull of the leopard was buried at Toperemanukwanta.....

[Ref: Rattray]


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