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Ntim Gyakari was the last fully independent ruler of Denkyira, a state in the boundaries of the modern nation of Ghana.

He is viewed in Denkyira history as having been a leader of poor judgment.

One of his early actions was to increase his demands of tribute on his northern neighbors. These were led by Osei Tutu of Kumase and Komfo Anokye. These forces began an insurrection against his demands.

Ntim Gyakari and his wife were killed in the Battle of Feyiase in 1701 while playing Oware with golden counters.


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McCaskie, T. C.
Denkyira in the making of Asante. In: The Journal of African History 2007; 48 (1): 3.


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