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Women of power

The Akan culture is one of the oldest and the richest culture of Africa. The traditional Akan society is one of the few matrilineal societies on the continent.

Women have their place in the Akan culture. They are present in the Akan religion. For the Akan people, GOD is at the same time male and female. "Nyame" is the male part of GOD. "Ngame" is the female part of GOD. The "abosom" (spirit) Asase Ye Duru, the divinity of Mother Earth, represents the importance of nature in the human life. Akan women are "akamfo" or priestesses.

Akan women occupy predominant positions in the society. They are at the center of the economy and participate in politics. In the Akan state, the traditional decision-making process is bicephal. The Asantehene or King rules together with the Asantehema or the Queen mother. She is one of the most powerful personalities in the Akan political hierarchy as she chooses the next Asantehene (the King), the royal throne being passed down through the mother´s line. The Asantehema advises the Asantehene and makes sure that the women´s positions on an issue are presented to the King and are considered in the decision-making process. Akan women have political obligations. They play a role in the legislative and judicial processes. 

Akan women were also warriors. They took part in military operations against the British colonizer. Queen mother Yaa Asantewaa of the Ashanti Empire led the last British-Asante battle (the Golden stool battle) in 1900. For several months, she successfully resisted the foreign army before being captured and sent into exile to the Seychelles. 

Aflé Bijoux is proudly inspired by the Akan culture as it has always paid respect to women. Akan women are independent, strong and powerful. Aflé Bijoux vehiculates this message by presenting unique creations that foster self-confidence. 

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