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The Legend of Mankessim

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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  • Intro Written Jan 8, 2007
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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2007 at 11:57 PM

    Marvellous ! The shrine itself and also the wise messages it helds ! You are so right, we could learn so much from just listening to other cultures.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2007 at 3:31 AM

    Welcome to bongo land! Nice cultural insight.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2007 at 9:13 AM

    Interesting facts about a different ethnic group. Was surprised to learn about the diversity of languages or tribes from a Ghanian friend in US.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2007 at 10:13 AM

    Very interesting little page on Mankesim.

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