Asantehene Mensah Bonsu was the tenth king of the kingdom of Asante from 1874 – 1883.
Nana Mensah Bonsu was the son of Afia Kobi.He became the king of Asante Kingdom after his elder brother Kofi Karkari died was disposed in September 1874.Mensa Bonus tries to restore the fortunes of Kumasi after its destruction in the year 1873 – 4.Anglo Asante War.
However he didn’t make himself popular with contemporaries ” Chronically short of revenue, and personally avaricious for ( Women and as well as gold).Otumfuo Mensah Bonsu carried punitive exactions to new and insupportable levels. Attempted were made to depose the Asantehene in 1877 and 1880. In 1881 Nana Bonsu sent the golden axe to Queen Victoria as a gesture for good will.
He was destooled and banished from Kumasi in 1883 by his sister Yaa Akyaa.The following five years saw Asante civil war.Asantehene Mensah Bonsu Died in British Captivity in 1896 and was succeeded to the throne by heir apparent Kwaku Dua II of the Kingdom of Asante .
In 1911 Mensah Bonsu corpses was disinterred for ceremonial burial at the Asante Capital city Kumasi.
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