The Remarkable Ewe Warrior ‘Yaa Asantewaa’ Who Triumphed Over Men in the Anlo Conflict

Across the world, Yaa Asantewaa is renowned as a fearless female warrior whose indispensable role in the development of the Ashanti Empire is beyond measure. But, did you know about another remarkable female warrior from the Ewe community, who left an indelible mark through her courageous actions in the Volta Region? Her name was Mama Yakagbe, the legendary Anlo female warrior.

As detailed by Togbi Sri II, the spokesperson of Awoemefia, Mama Yakagbe fought alongside valiant male warriors during the Datsutagba war of 1866 against the British army. She gained immense respect for her bravery during a critical moment when her people faced seemingly insurmountable odds.

Mama Yakagbe was known to possess supernatural abilities, which she used to fortify her people and turn the tides of battle in their favor. She made her people seemingly invisible to the enemy and their weapons incredibly lethal. According to oral history, she cunningly set traps in the enemy’s camp, leading to their demise as they attempted to escape, using fire to great effect.

Her valor and heroism earned her the admiration of all, and a “Chief’s Stool of Valour” known as ‘Atorkor’ was crafted in her honor. This stool holds a position of great significance in Anlo to this day. Mama Yakagbe has also attained the status of a heroic figure, akin to legends like Yaa Asantewa of the Ashanti and other renowned African women.

Mama Yakagbe is celebrated as an Ewe heroine and is likened to other local heroes such as Tsala and Tsali, the mythical Ewe twin brothers. She stands as one of the three greatest legends in Anlo history, and her name continues to invoke immense pride and inspiration.

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