The Ashanti Kingdom was one of the first to coin the phrase “The Big Six.”
Nana Boakye Yam Ababio, the Chief of Nkwantakese, revealed this fascinating truth on Saturday at Kumasi’s Center for National Culture to commemorate Ghana Month.
His discovery added credence to Monarchical Safo Kantanka’s account of Okomfo Anokye’s critical relocation from Ghana’s Eastern Region to the Ashanti Region, which was also a panelist on the show.
“Before Ghana had the “Big Six,” the Ashanti Kingdom had the “Big Six,” according to Nana Ababio. The six people who accompanied Okomfo Anokye to the Ashanti Region.”
“King Opemsuo Osei Tutu I [who had departed on a journey to Akwamu with a purpose], Okomfo Anokye, Amankwahtia [who was the ‘Bantamahene (Chief of Bantama)], Dominase, Akropong, and Nsuase” were the members of the Ashanti Big Six.
“These were the notable people who arrived from Akwamu before 1680,” Nana Ababio, Chief of Nkwantakese, remarked, adding that “before the arrival of the moon, there were the stars.”
The Ghana Month of Joy is a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on all things Ghanaian.