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The history of Mankessim is closely linked to that of the Akan speaking people to which the Fante people belong. Mankessim is considered the cradle of the Fante Nation.
History has it that the Akan speaking people were one of the nations that formed the Old Ghana Empire in Sudan, which migrated after the collapse of the Empire in the 10th Century. It is believd that after wandering through the Nile and the River Niger Vallys, they eventually settled at Krako, literally meaning “to bed farewell”; present day Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region.
After settling there for about 350 years, part of the group decided to break away to find a new settlement since they felt threatened by the Islamic movement that was drifting towards them. This group was referred to as “fa Atsew”, meaning “the broken half”. This group became known and recognized as the Fante people.
The Fante people came across the river Okyi and followed its course until they arrived at a settlement called Adokyir whose inhabitants wore bushy hair. The Fante people conquered these original settlers, and renamed the place Oman-kese-mu, meaning “big town”; present day Mankessim.
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