has it that during the reign of the famous Nana Dokua (Abirie)
as both Okyehene (King) and Ohemaa (Queenmother), a quarrel
arose between her and the Kotokuhene at that time. As a
result, she ordered part of the Amantomiensa (soldiers of
the Paramount stool), the Asiakwahene and the Begorohene,
to remove the Kotokus from Gyadam. This war, known as the
"Gyadam War", forced the Kotoku to leave Gyadam.
The Kwabenghene allowed them a safe passage and not a shot
was fired when they passed through Kwabeng. The Kotokuhene
was given land by the then chief of Wankyi, Barimah Awire
(the Oseawuohene of Akyem Abuakwa) to settle at what is
now known as Oda, the capital of Akyem Kotoku state. Akyem
Bosome was also part of the Akyem family from the Adansi
kingdom after its fall and moved southeastwards. Land for
the setting up of their capital, Akyem Swedru, was provided
to them by the Akyease stool (Tarkwahene), which is part
of Akyem Abuakwa.
the reign of Nana Dokua, a section of the Juabens of Ashanti
revolted against the Golden Stool of Ashanti. The rebels,
led by their chief, Nana Kwaku Boateng, were forced to
leave Juaben in Ashanti for the south. They found settlement
at Kyebi, Kwabeng, Tafo, Asamankese and other parts of
Akyem Abuakwa. Later, when the trouble in Juaben subsided,
some of them returned to Ashanti but came back again.
On the third occasion, the British Colonial Government
in Accra negotiated on their behalf, and with the consent
of both the Kukurantumihene (the Adontenhene of Akyem
Abuakwa), Nana Kwaku Abrante and Okyehene Nana Dokua,
the government bought the land for the Juabens. They settled
on it under the leadership and rule of their chief, Nana
Kwaku Boateng, calling the area New Juaben, with
Koforidua as its capital. An annual fee of one shilling
(10cents) was agreed to be paid to the owners by the Government
on behalf of the New Juabens. This changed in later years
to one pound ($1) per one farm land per family, which
the New Juabens had to pay to the Okyehene, until the
Government of Dr Kwame Nkrumah abolished it after independence
in 1852, Akyem Abuakwa accepted the British flag and came
under the administrative control of the British. Nana
Dokua also saw how the Ashantis were enslaving and subjecting
the Kwahus to all oppression; and to protect them from
these inhuman treatment from the Ashantis, she influenced
the Kwahus and in 1857 took them to the Colonial Government
for their protection and under the government's administrative
Akyem Abuakwa, like all Akan nation-states and tribes,
inherit properties and stools through their Maternal clan,
except where a personal WILL, affecting the person's personally
acquired property has been made in the presence of his
family and a form of customary rites have been performed,
before such a WILL is accepted as valid by the family.
The practice excludes Stools in any form in the Akan states.
The clan which has ruled and continues to rule in both
Akyem Abuakwa and Akwapim paramountcy is the ASONA clan
of the ancestry of NANA KUNTUNKUNUNKU I, "Odiahene Kan"
(first King) of Akyem Abuakwa.
Okyeman History continue