In our History education during our basic school in Ghana, we all learnt about Yaa Asantewaa.
History says she was a warrior who fought war for the Ashantis as men did.
Accompanied to this history is a popular black and white photo of a woman in a war regalia holding a gun believed to be Yaa Asantewaa.
Well, according to an Ashanti Kingdom page on Twitter, this photo is not the real image of Yaa Asantewaa.
According to them, it was a photo of an American Girl theatre arts student.
In a tweet, the page dedicated to promoting the culture of the Ashanti Kingdom wrote:
“An American Girl Theatre Arts Student poses as Yaa Asantewaa in a bulletproof war jacket and combat holding a gun and this image has gone all over the world with some people thinking that the picture is real Yaa Asantewaa.”
Their revelation has caused division on social media. A lot of people think the photo is actually that of Yaa Asantewaa. Whiles others feel it should be investigated to know whether it is really the photo of the Ashanti warrior or that if an American girl.