Kwahu is a region in south-central Ghana, on the
shore of Lake Volta.The term Kwahu refers to the variant of
language spoken in this region and to the Kwahu-people that
come from the region. the people of Kwahu are originally Akan
The name derives from its myths of origin, "The slave (awa) died
(wu)," which was based on an ancient prophecy that a slave would die
so the wandering tribe of Akan would know where to settle. The myth
was part of the historical stories of the Agona matriclan, the first
paramount lineage of Kwawu, and was later adopted by the
Bretuao-Tena matriclan (Twidan) who later replaced them.
The paramount chief and the royal matrilineage of the
Kwawu reside at Abene, north of Abetifi on the
banks of the
highlands. Abetifi (Tena matriclan) is the head of the Adonten
(vanguard). Obo (Aduana, Ada, Amoakade) is the head of the Nifa
(Right Division) Aduamoa (Dwumena, Asona) is the head of the Benkum
As part of the Asante Empire, Kwawu had an Asante emissary,
governor or ambassador at Atibe, next to Mpraeso, of the Ekuona
matriclan). To indicate its independence from Asante in 1888 the
Kwawu assassinated the Asante emissary in Atibe, about the time of
the arrival of the Basel missionaries from Switzerland. The Kwawu
royals invited the missionaries to build their mission in Abetifi.
Obo led the pro-Asante opposition to the Swiss.