March 28, 1900 — To members of the Asanti government council, Kumasi, Ashanti Empire (now Ghana)
How can a proud and brave people like the Asante sit back and look while white men took away their king and chiefs, and humiliated them with a demand for the Golden Stool? The Golden Stool only means money to the white man; they have searched and dug everywhere for it. I shall not pay one mpredwan to the governor. If you, the chiefs of Asante, are going to behave like cowards and not fight, you should exchange your loincloths for my undergarments (Monto mo danta mma me na moye me tam).
[Oral tradition says that to emphasize her determination to go to war, she seized a gun and fired a shot in front of the men, marking the beginning of the Ashante battle with the British.]
Source: “Asante Queen Mothers in Government and Politics in the Nineteenth Century,” by Agnes Akousa Aidoo, Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria, December 1977, Vol. 9, No. 1, p. 12.
Also: Asirifi-Danquah, The Struggle: Between Two Great Queens, 1900-1901, Yaa Asantewaa and Victoria of Great Britain, (Ghana) 2007, p. 62.
Also: Boahen, Albert Adu, “Ghana Before the Coming of Europeans,” Ghana Social Science Journal, 1977, 4(2), 93-106. p. 118.