Opoku Ware I (1700–1750) was an Asantehene of Oyoko heritage, who ruled the Ashanti Empire which occupied parts of what is now Ghana. He is credited with being the “empire builder” of the Asante empire.
He married and had two children named Adusei Atwenewa and Adusei Kra.
During his rule as king, which lasted from 1720 (some sources cite 1718, while leading the army against the Akan state of the Akyem) to his death in 1750, he fought against the Bono, another Akan state, and defeated them by 1723. Between 1741 and 1744, King Opoku fought and won a number of wars.
Was this article helpful?