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GHANA ASANTE. AFRICA.THE JUABENS, A PROUD AND NOBLE PEOPLE.KUMASI ACCRA UNCLE OF OTUMFUO ASANTEHENE.

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A PICTORIAL RENDITION OF NOTABLES(DECEASED AND ALIVE) OF JUABENMAN, I.E JUABEN AND NEW JUABEN. PRIOR TO THE FOUNDING OF ASANTE, OR ASHANTI AS SOME HAVE IT, JUABEN IT WAS OF THE PRE-EXISTING STATES THAT WAS THE MOST POWERFUL AND HIGHLY ADVANCED IN STATECRAFT--ACCORDING TO THE DICTATES OF THE TWI CUSTOM.

UNLIKE ANY OTHER, IT WAS ALREADY A FULLY-FLEDGED KINGDOM AS THE AKAN CONCEPTION OF A KINGDOM ENTAILED. INFACT, IT WAS TO THE JUABEN KING OKYEREFUO ADAE ADARKWA KO-YIADOM I, THAT OKOMFO ANOKYE THE GREAT SAGE, DISCLOSED FIRSTLY, AT JUABEN, HIS PLAN OF UNITING ALL THE STATES OF ASANTE UNDER A COMMON SYMBOL OF NATIONHOOD AND OF INTENDING TO MAKE ASANTE A GREAT KINGDOM/EMPIRE. OTHER NOTABLE STATES THEN WERE KWAMAN(NOW KUMASI), KUMAWU, MAMPONG, ASUMEGYA AND ADUABEN. CERTAINLY THE MARTIAL PROWESS OF JUABEN WAS CONFIRMED WHEN THEY GRASPED THE VICTORY, IN THE GREAT, EPIC AND CRITICAL INCEPTIONAL WAR OF ASANTE.

AFTER THAT EPIC BATTLE, JUABEN(DWABEN) PLAYED DECISIVE, INFACT WON THE MILITARY LAURELS IN OTHER SUBSEQUENT CRITICAL WARS OF ASANTE. INDEED, ONE OF THE APPELLATIONS OF THE JUABENHENE, KING OF JUABEN, IS THAT OF: ASUO YIRI A, NA Y3 FR3 WO), MEANING ASANTEMAN CALLS ON THE JUABENHENE AND JUABENS WHEN THE SITUATION BECOMES CRITICAL.

UPON THE FOUNDING OF ASANTE, AND WITH KWAMAN, SUBSEQUENTLY KUMASI BEING CHOSEN AS ITS CAPITAL ((AFTER A CONTEST INVOLVING JUABEN, KWAMAN AND KUMAWU, A CONTEST OKOMFO ANOKYE OBVIOUSLY SKEWED IN FAVOUR OF HIS BOSOM FRIEND OSEI TUTU I)), PROMINENCE NATURALLY CAME ITS WAY. IN TERMS OF POWER, PRESTIGE , WEALTH AND LAND AREA CONTROLLED, JUABEN WAS 2nd ONLY TO KUMASI STATE . INDEED MANY THERE ARE WHO HAVE TESTIFIED OF THIS, IN MANY A LITERATURE.

ON OCCASIONS HOWEVER, JUABEN EVEN SURPASSED KUMASI IN CERTAIN MARKERS OF DEVELOPMENT, STATECRAFT ETC. INDEED, MUCH WAS BORROWED FROM JUABEN BY KUMASI, EVEN TO THIS DAY, CERTAIN INSTRUMENTS AND MUSICAL CRAFT AT THE KUMASI COURT ARE OF JUABEN ANTECEDENTS.

JUABENMAN AS PROPERLY CONSTITUTED CONSISTS OF ALL JUABENS IN ASANTE-JUABEN, DADEASE IN THE AMANSIE AREA(BONAFIDE JUABEN ROYALS THEY ARE), BEKWAI((BONAFIDE JUABEN ROYALS)), SEKYEDUMASI((A SEGMENT OF, WHO ARE PURE ROYALS OF JUABEN)), ADWUMAKASE KESE---FOUNDED BY ASENSO KOFO AND HIS RELATIONS, ALL HAILING FROM JUABEN ANOU, NKONTONKO STOOL OF KUMASI((OF THE ROYAL STOCK OF JUABEN)), MANY OTHER TOWNS AND AREAS OF ASANTE, SUCH AS NSUTA-KWAMANG(( BONAFIDE JUABEN ROYALS SITUATE THERE)), ADANSE, KASAIM((JUABEN LAND AREA)), AMUENA PRASO((ROYALS THERE TOO)) ON THE ASANTE/KOTOKU BOUNDARY JUABENS IN KWAHU((DANTENG, AKWASIHO, THOSE IN OBO, AND MANY OTHERS)), JUABENS IN AKYEM ABUAKWA, JUABENS IN AKYEM KOTOKU AND BOSOME, JUABENS IN ASSIN, THOSE IN NZEMA, SEHWI AND EVEN THE IVORY COAST, THE JUABENS OF NEW JUABEN, THOSE IN KETE KRACHI AND NCHUMMURU AREAS, THE JUABENS IN THE VOLTA REGION ETC.

PRESENTLY IN THE ASANTE NATION, THE KING OF JUABEN IT IS (( FROM THE COMING INTO BEING OF ASANTE)), WHO IS THE HEAD OF THE OYOKO ROYAL CLAN OF ASANTE, AND WHO HAS OVERSIGHT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL THE OYOKO/ADAKO-AYOKOFUO STOOLS OF ASANTE, I.E THE AYOKODUO STOOLS, COMPRISING OF ABOHYEN, ATUTUE, BREMANG AND OTHER PARAMOUNT STOOLS SUCH AS THAT OF KOKOFU, NSUTA, KUNTANASE, BEKWAI ETC

THAT JUABEN HOLDS SUCH A POSITION IN ASANTE, INFACT REGARDED AS THE DYNASTIC HEAD OF ASANTE, BY THOSE WELL VERSED IN ASANTE CUSTOM, IS AS A RESULT OF THE HARD BARGAINING THAT TOOK PLACE DURING THE FOUNDING OF ASANTE, I.E THE EXTRACTION OF GREAT PRIVILEGE, PRESTIGE AND POWER, THAT TOOK PLACE BEFORE THE POWERFUL STATES THEN, SUCH AS JUABEN AND MAMPONG, CONSENTED TOKWAMAN/ KUMASI BECOMING THE PRIMUS INTER PARES.

THIS PICTORIAL RENDITION IS ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHANT OF THE KWADWOM MINSTRELS OF JUABEN, THE BLOWING OF STATE HORNS OF JUABEN AND THE DRUMMING OF DIRGES, APPELLATIONS AND OTHER STRONG NAMES OF THE JUABEN KINGS. THE KWADWOM, HORN AND DRUM ACCOMPANIMENT WAS RECORDED IN THE LATE 1950s OR PERHAPS 1960S.

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