“Introducing the New Queen Mother of Manso Nkwanta: Asantehene’s Trusted Listener

Ghanaian female rapper, Lousika, has been crowned the queen mother of Manso Nkwanta in the Ashanti Region and given the stool name Nana Nyarko Aboraa Sika II. Lousika is the granddaughter of the late Omanhemaa of Manso Nkwanta, Nana Nyarko Aboraa II, and is known for hit songs like “Hands Up,” “Dedeede,” and “Opampam,” which featured Shatta Wale.

According to a post by The Asante Nation on Facebook, the Manso Nkwanta stool serves as the ears of the Asantehene and Asanteman (Asanteman aso). The stool dates back to the time of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu I, who created it to serve as a listening post to any surprise attack from Southern tribes such as Denkyira and Fante.

In the event of any advancement or movement of the enemy towards Asante territory or any surprise attack from the South, Nana Obiri Kusi I, the first chief of Manso Nkwanta, would send information to Kumasi to prepare and stop them. This way, the enemy’s mission of fighting or rebelling against Asante would be quelled even before crossing into Asante territory.

The town’s name “Manso Nkwanta” came about because it is located in a hilly area that offers an advantage for sighting enemy troops from afar. The name “MANSO” means “Oman Aso” and is translated as the ears of the Asante Nation

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