The Ashanti royal house traces its line to the Oyoko (an Abusua, meaning ‘clan’) Abohyen Dynasty of Nana Twum and the Beretuo Dynasty of Osei Tutu Opemsoo, who formed the Empire of Ashanti in 1701 and was crowned Asantehene (King of all Ashanti).
Osei Tutu held the Ashanti throne until his death in battle in 1717.
The current Asantehene is Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, born Nana Kwaku Dua, who ascended as the 16th Asante king in April 1999. Osei Tutu II was one of seven descendants who were eligible to the heir presumptive.
During the period between the death of an Asantehene and the election of a successor, the Mamponghene, the Asantehene’s deputy, acts as a regent.
This policy was only changed during a time of civil war in the late 19th century, when the Kwasafomanhyiamu or governing council itself ruled as regent.
The succession is decided by a series of councils of Asante nobles and other royal family members.
|NAME||YEAR OF REIGN|
|1||Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu I ( Opemsuo)||1697-1717|
|2||Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware I||1720-1750|
|3||Otumfuo Nana Kusi Oboadum||1750-1764|
|4||Otumfuo Nana Osei Kwadwo Okoawia||1764-1777|
|5||Osei Kwame Panyin||1777-1798|
|6||Otumfuo Nana Opoku Fofie||1798-1799|
|7||Osei Tutu Kwame Asiba (Also known as Osei Bonsu)||1800-1824|
|8||Otumfuo Nana Osei Yaw Akoto||1824-1833|
|9||Otumfuo Nana Kwaku Dua I||1834-1867|
|10||Otumfuo Nana Kofi Karikari||1867-1874|
|11||Otumfuo Nana Mensa Bonsu||1874-1883|
|12||Otumfuo Nana Kwaku Dua II||1884-1884|
|13||Otumfuo Nana Agyemang Prempeh||1888-1931|
|14||Osei Tutu Agyeman Prempeh II||1931-1970|
|15||Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware II||1970-1999|
|16||Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II||1999 to Date|
Curled from wikipedia, asantekingdom and www.manhyiaarchives.com/