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History has shown us many badass warriors who dedicated their lives to fighting for their people.

Most of these warriors went down in history books for their strength, courage and skill set in battle. They were the few who did not rest on their oars to allow others to take what belonged to them and their people.

These are the 6 badass warriors from Ghana you should know about.


1. Tohazie (The Red Hunter)

It is said that Tohazie was a great hunter who was so good with his bow and arrow, no enemy or animal could escape it. It is also believed he could control his arrow to hit his target no matter how far or obscure the target is. It is said he killed a bull that was haunting a village he came across on one of his expeditions which granted him a wife called Pagawuba. The descendants of this great warrior are the Dagombas and he is believed to have fought many wars undefeated and one of his daring moves was when he stood on a horse to shoot at a target during a war (Folklore). It is also believed he run up a tree without touching it with his hands.

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Photo: FashionGhana.com

 

2. Ndewura Jakpa

Ndewura Jakpa is one of the few Kings from the Northern region of Ghana who founded a dynasty in Gonja. He was originally a Mande invader, a no-nonsense ruler who fought and won many battles to form a dynasty, he was so powerful he controlled the entire northern part of present-day Ghana and parts of Togo and Benin. His kingdom was of great influence in West Africa because of its strategic location on the east–west trade routes between Central Africa and the Islamic African nations in the southern Sahara. The kingdom was reduced in size and influence in the 18th century.

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Photo: MteTzlaf/Wordpress

 

3. Yaa Asantewaa

Most of you might already know the story of Yaa Asantewaa and will attest to the fact that she was one of the few female warriors whose greatness went down in history. She led the Ashanti Army made up of men to fight the British when everybody had given up.

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Image: SorayaChemaly/Tumblr

 

4. Gwollu Koro Limann

This King was the great great great grandfather of Hilla Limann, an Ex-President of Ghana. He resented slavery so much he built a wall to deter slave invaders. The wall was so strong and thick it still stands till date and it actually surrounded the whole village where he ruled.

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5. Naa Jaringa

Naa Jaringa just like Koro Limann also built a similar wall to deter slave invaders and to save his people from slavery.

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Photo: GhanaMusuems

 

6. King Ansah

King Ansah, a Fanti King realised the horrors of slavery and the punishment meted out to his people decided in his little effort to deter slave masters from capturing his people. He set armies at the four corners of the town to destroy any ship that makes it ashore.

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Photo: Wikipedia

 

You may want to see here miracles by Okomfo Anokye you should know about. You may also want to see this rare photo of Yaa Asantewaa during her days.