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Popular Yaa Asantewaa picture used in books and artwork in Ghana is reportedly a photo of an American Arts student

Historic Ghanaian heroine, Yaa Asantewaa’s famous picture of her holding a gun has been claimed to be of an American Arts student who was posing as the Ghanaian icon.

It is reported that the American posed as the Ghanaian historic icon and ended up going viral. Yaa Asantewaa became popular and famous for leading the Ashanti rebellion to defend the Golden Stool against British colonial rule.

In a detailed report on the Twitter account of The Asante Nation, it was admitted that the photo of the model in a bulletproof war jacket got many people thinking that it is the real picture of Yaa Asantewaa.

Instead, a true portrait of the famous historic Ghanaian warrior was shared, showing that she looked somewhat different from what has been believed by many as the real Yaa Asantewaa.

See the picture below:

Also, a picture was shared by a user who suggested it was the real picture of Yaa Asantewaa

In 1896, the British exiled her grandson, Nana Kofi Afrane, chief of Ejisu as well as the King of Asante (Prempeh I) to Seychelles. This was Britain’s way of dealing with African kings in the past, as was the case with the Kingdom of Benin with the capture and exile of Oba.

During this time and thereafter, Yaa Asantewaa became popular and famous for leading the Ashanti rebellion to defend the Golden Stool against British colonial rule. In a separate report, Angelina Akua Nana Oduro, the girl who is seen in the famous Akwaaba photo that symbolizes Ghana’s hospitality both home and abroad has revealed she received no recognition for her picture.

Source: yen.com.gh

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