Yaa Asantewaa (c. 1840–17 October 1921) was appointed queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti Empire. In 1900, she led the Ashanti rebellion known as the War of the Golden Stool against British colonialism.
Yaa Asantewaa was the Gatekeeper of the Golden Stool. She is quoted for saying the following:
“Now I have seen that some of you fear to go forward to fight for our King.If it were in the brave days of Osei Tutu, Okomfo Anokye, and Opolu Ware, leaders would not sit down to see their King taken away without firing a shot.
No white man could have dared to speak to a leader of the Ashanti in the way the Governor spoke to you this morning.Is it true that the bravery of the Ashanti is no more? I cannot believe it. It cannot be!
I must say this, if you the men of Ashanti will not go forward, then we will. We the women will. I shall call upon my fellow women. We will fight the white men. We will fight till the last of us falls in the battlefields.”
— Queen Mother Nana Yaa Asantewa