Akan Leadership Arts

by Doran Ross
Formerly Fowler Museum, UCLA

Nana Diko Pim III, Ejisu, Asante, Ghana, 1976. Photo by Doran H. Ross. 

The omanhene (paramount chief) of the Asante state of Ejisu wears his finest regalia typical of what would be worn at major festivals. The principles of accumulation and self-conscious display are characteristic of Asante chiefly adornment. He wears cast gold rings and bracelets, gold-leafed Koranic amulets at his elbows, and gold-leafed ornaments on his crown and sandals. The chief sits on a chair of the type called hwedom, which is often translated as “facing the enemy” and is typically used on solemn occasions.