List of Asantehene from 1680 to date

The Asantehene is the absolute monarch of the Kingdom of Ashanti, its cultural region Ashantiland, and of the Ashanti (or Asante) people’s ethnic group.

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
1Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu I ( Opemsuo)1680-1717
2 Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware I 1720-1750
3Otumfuo Nana Kusi Oboadum1750-1764
4Otumfuo Nana Osei Kwadwo Okoawia1764-1777
5Osei Kwame Panyin1777-1798
6Otumfuo Nana Opoku Fofie1798-1799
7Osei Tutu Kwame Asiba (Also known as Osei Bonsu)1800-1823
8Otumfuo Nana Osei Yaw Akoto1824-1834
9Otumfuo Nana Kwaku Dua I1834-1867
10Otumfuo Nana Kofi Karikari1867-1874
11Otumfuo Nana Mensa Bonsu1874-1883
12Otumfuo Nana Kwaku Dua II1884-1884
n/aCIVIL WAR1883-1888
13Otumfuo Nana Prempeh I (Nana Kwaku Dua III)1888-1931
14Osei Tutu Agyeman Prempeh II1931-1970
15Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware II1970-1999
16Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II1999 to Date

 

Curled from wikipedia & asantekingdom