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About Patase Abusua


The king of Techiman was Nana Ameyaw and his queen mother was Nana Dwamenaa Akenten. A war broke between Ashanti and Techiman during the reign of King Opoku Ware. Nana Dwamenaa Akenten’s daughter, Atobra Akwaasua was captured by Obuabasa group during the war. He (Obuabasa) sent the cas to King Opoku Ware of Asante and Obuabasa was ordered by the Asantehene to take care of the captives.

When the captives were with Obuabasa, the daughter of the Queen Mother, Antobra Akwaasua remarked she has never experienced what is called WANT or POVERTY in her entire life. To this end, she was ordered to fetch water from the River Subin with a basket; but getting water with a basket is impossible and that she could not do so. During the course of her trying to fetch the water, her carrying pad fell into the river, she came home and reported the incident and a search was embarked to recover the pad from the river. The servants of Obuabasa was able to trace the pad which was full of gold trinkets. The finding was reported to Obuabasa and the trinkets were seized and handed over to the Asantehene. This incident made Nana Dwamenaa Akenten very worried, sorry and for the first time Nana Dwamenaa Akenten experienced what was known as WANT, HUNGER and POVERTY.

During the period of worries and sorrows that came upon Nana Dwamenaa Akenten, Obuabasa reported the situation to the Asantehene. The Asantehene there on ordered Obuabasa to find a comfortable and quiet place for the Queen mother and her daughter to settle in order for them to be become happier since they are from a royal family of Techiman, but not slaves. Obuabasa was able to find a land which was being occupied by a man called Onyina Brobbey, a servant of Bantamahene who hailed from Atwima Boko. Onyina Brobbey was farming on that piece of land and he had built a corn barn where he used to store his farm produce, ie corn or maize.

Obuabasa reported the finding of the land to the Asantehene. The Asantehene then contacted the Bantamahene for the release of the said land to his royals for their habitation. The Bantamahene accordingly instructed Onyina Brobbey to quit from his farming activities on the land. The portion of the land was given to Nana Dwamenaa Akenten and her daughter Atobra Akwaasua for their settlement. Nana Dwamenaa Akenten later realized the land given to her was too small for their habitation and then requested for a larger area from Obuabasa by remarking that “ it is through a woman that a village/town thrives” and she retorted again “ after all I shall not go to my birth place again”.

Obuabasa reported Nana Dwamenaa Akenten’s comments to the Asantehene. The Asantehene immediately ordered the Akwamuhene and Bantamahene to release the land between river Danyame, Kwadaso and Twewaa for his royals form Techiman .

Having given the lands to the Queen mother ( Nana Dwamenaa Akenten), The Asantehene told Obuabasa to take very good care of his royals and prayed to God that Atobra Akwaasua will bring forth a male child and grow to service him. The Asantehene commented again that the descendants of Nana Dwamenaa Akenten should never pay tribute to any one, including Himself, by telling Obuabasa that “ after the war, when I give you the share of the tribute to pay, exempt the royals from Techiman.

The Asantehene directed that, when Atobra Akwaasua gets married, the husband should perform all the necessary rites to Him and that the descendants of Atobra Akwaasua should not marry anybody of a slave origin. The Asantehene finally commanded that, it’s the duty of the male children of Atobra Akwaasua to cover Him with clothes.

This duty of clothing the Asantehene started during the reign of Nana Bonsu Panin.

It would be worthy to note that, Nana Dwamenaa Akenten and her daughter settled near the place where Onyina Brobbey had built his Corn Barn or Aburopata; hence the name Patase deriving from the Barn.

A two stores building which was erected by the captives from Anomabu was called ABAN. Nana Bonsu Panin ordered that a keeper should be chosen to look after the Wardrobe, which was kept in the stores building owing to this, a man called Osei Ntompeewa from Patase was chosen as the first Abenasehene, the keeper of the Wardrobe.

The daughter of Atobra Akwaasua called Adwoa Pina brought forth to Osei Ntompeewa. Owing to the fact that Osei Ntompeewa had No nephew, he was then succeeded by his son called Krateesi as the second Abenasehene when he passed on. Krateesi came from Atasomanso. It is for this fact that the sons all allowed to occupy the Abenase stool.

One Akwasi Duro was the only male child of Afua Amanda and also the only male born in Patasi. He ( Akwasi Duro) could not comprehend why only females are born in Patase. In this connection, he together with his sister Akua Kru travelled to a town in the Volta Region called Akodourso to find out the course. From Akodourso, they brought in a fetish called FOFIE AGYEMAN. Akwasi Duro commanded all relatives from the four families of Patase to pay homage and tribute to the fetish, Fifie Agyeman so that the bad omen of poverty would be driven away from Patase, likewise, the women would start to bring forth male and female children.

To this, the relatives obliged and the women started to bring forth both male and female sexes.


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