OKOMFO ANOKYE THE GREAT NZEMA AFRICAN PROPHET AND CO-FOUNDER OF THE ASHANTI KINGDOM
Okomfo Anokye (active late 17th century) was an Nzema fetish priest, statesman, and lawgiver.
Okomfo Anokye was born in Benyin,in West Nzema-Ghana West Africa, now called Jomoro, in the late 1600s. His father was from Benyin and his mother was from Anosuazo, Eastern Nzema. His father was called Kaku Ackah And His Mother Was Called Maame Nkobɛ’. Anokye was named after his paternal Uncle Egya-Ano who was a fetish priest.The Nzema called him Ano kye which means Ano Junior.
TheAshanti and Denkyira, who were unable to pronounce his name, called him Anokye. He lived in Anosuazo near Atuabo East Nzema, where he began his priesthood. Anosuazo later became known as Anokye because of the priests frequent visitors. Okomfo Anokye later helped King Amakye, Kaku Ackah’s Uncle, to defeat the first Europeans who came to the coast of Nzemaland.
The Denkyira’s later heard of his wonders and requested his aid. Through Anokye’s help, the Denkyira’s successfully defeated the Ashanti’s. Osei Tutu,the King of the Ashanti at the time, requested Anokye’s aid. Anokye went to Osei Tutu’s aid in Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Empire, with a group of his tribesmen and women. King Osei Tutu gave Anokye land to settle on after he helped them to defeat the Denkyira. The land given to Anokye to settle on was named Nzemaa right there in the Ashanti region.