WHEN DID ASHANTI BECAME PART OF GHANA AND HOW?
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An Important Day in the History of Kumasi: It was 1st October 1903, the Governor of Gold Coast and the District Commissioner of Ashanti Territory meeting the first arrival of the first train to reach Kumasi.
This explains the important role of Ashanti in Ghana`s history because Ashanti officially became part of Gold Coast in September 1902, a year or two after the last British-Ashanti War of 1900/1, popularly known as Yaa Asantewaa War. A year after Ashanti becoming part of British territory, Kumasi receives the arrival of a train.
It must be noted that, though Ashanti was part of Gold Coast, but legally it was administered as different territory with different legislation and they did not have a representative at the Gold Coast Legislative Council. The legislative union of the Ashanti and British was achieved in the 1946 Alan Burns Constitution. This Burns Constitution was plagiarised from the Gold Coast Constitutional reforms agitated by Dr Joseph Boakye Danquah from his Gold Coast Youth Conferences (GCYC). Dr Danquah compiled the meetings of the GCYC into booklet, and the Gold Coast Joint Provisional Council of Chiefs, called on Sir Kobina Arku Korsah to chair a constitutional committee including Dr Danquah, Augustus William Kojo Thompson of Ga Mambii Party (the first radical Gold Coast politician who was named after Kojo Thompson road in Accra) and Mr Robert Samuel Blay, the first Nzima lawyer. The Korsah drafted constitution of 1942 which was given to the Secretary of State for the Colonies is what Alan Burns stole and changed the clauses and made it his 1946 constitution.
The constitution called for the Legislative Union between Gold Coast and Ashanti. Thus in 1946, Ashanti became legally involved in the affairs of Gold Coast and had representative in the Legislative Council, Sir Edward Okyir Asafu-Adjaye (the first Asante lawyer) and later Dr Isaac Boaten Asafu-Adjaye (the first Asante Medical Doctor).
Credit KWEKU DARKO ANKARA
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