Yaa Asantewaa: Warrior Queen

Yaa Asantewaa: Warrior Queen

By Margaret Busby
Cast total: 
Male cast: 
Female cast: 


Nana Yaa Asantewaa was a woman of exceptional bravery who, in March 1900, raised and led an army of thousands against the British colonial forces in Ghana and their efforts to seize the Golden Stool, the Asante nation's spiritual symbol of unity and sovereignty. After defeat in 1901, she was exiled to the Seychelles where she spent two decades until her death in October 1921. Yaa Asantewaa's war was the last major war in Africa to be led by a woman. This is the first ever production in homage to Nana Yaa Asantewaa, and brings together multiple art forms, telling the story of her extraordinary battle against the British and subsequent exile.

Original production

Opening night: 
Original Cast:
Funmi Adewole Yaa Asantewaa, The Word
Victoria Adjoa Dzivenu Yaa Asantewaa, The Dance
Ella Andall Yaa Asantewaa, The Song
Production Team:
Geraldine Connor Director
Clary Salandy Designer / Costume
George Dzikunu Choreography
Nana Danso Abeam Composer
Kofi Ghanaba Composer


Type Code
Programme Black Cultural Archives, Ephemera/274

Union Catalogue

Link Series Reference Archive Info
Programme BCA/Ephemera/274 Black Cultural Archives