As part of our #Accracity tour , we passed by the #Monument of a great king called Mants3 Tackie Tawiah.
King Tackie Tawiah1, was the second Ga king to reign for a long period after Nii Tetteh Ahinakwa who reigned from 1940-1982.
He reigned from (1862 until he passed away in 1902). On 12 December 1862, Nii Quarshie Tawiah ascended the Ga throne as the 20th King (Mantse) of Accra after succeeding Nii Yaote, who reigned from 1859 to 1862
King Tackie Tawiah is applauded as one of the most illustrious, progressive and enterprising of all Ga Kong’s.
(Ayiitey,2006). His reign witnessed the translation of the Bible into Ga in 1865.
Two years after his ascension on the throne , a riot between Jamestown and Usher fort emerged in 1864.He he led his people to resist the British attempt at introducing Ordinance for the town, exacting taxes and land acquisition.
He also got involved in the Anlo Wars (1855-1866), when the people of Accra joined forces with the Akwapim to fight the Anlo. He fought in the Tordzie or Adidome wars. In 1869, he led his Ga warriors to march with the combined forces of the British, Ada, Akyem and Akwapim against the Anlos and their Asante allies in the Vovo, Duffor and Clover Wars.
On September 23, 2002, a giant effigy of King Tackie Tawiah 1 was unveiled near the Makola Shopping Mall in honour of his great achievements.
Tawiah I was first honoured in 1997 when the Kanda Flyover in Accra was named after him. In the same year, the Ga-Dangmes instituted King Tackie Tawiah I Memorial Lectures. He was the second Ghanaian King to be featured on a Ghana stamp after Asantehene.
The King was also a warrior and was involved in the Anlo Wars of 1860. For his long reign he gained the title “Abiasuma”, which means the “King Still Reigns.” #cirqvoyageAfrik#Accracitytour#Kingtackietawiah#travelcommunity#history