Asantes have fought in many wars since the kingdom was formed by the Otumfuo Osei Tutu I.
Albeit the Asante army won most of the wars they fought in, there are a few ones that did not go their way and one of such wars was the Battle of Atakpamé. The battle was fought at Atakpamé in present-day Togo.
According to history, the war started after the Akyems and their allies decided to rebel against the Asante Empire.
The Akyems while planning their rebellion with the Bonos and the Kwahus made contact with the Kingdom of Dahomey.
The Kingdom of Dahomey was located in present-day Benin and they had a very strong army made up of only females called the Dahomey Amazons. They were originally called Nonmiton which means Our Mothers.
After the Akyems make contact with the Kingdom of Dahomey to help them rebel against the Asantes, the Bantamahene at that time, Adu Gyamera was pressuring the Asantehene, Otumfuo Kusi Obuadum to invade those areas that want to rebel.
However, according to historians, the Asantehene did not react until he found out that the Akyems had also made contact with the Oyo Empire in present-day Nigeria.
Somewhere in 1764, the Asante army decided to invade the Kingdom of Dahomey.
While marching to Dahomey, the Asantes were ambushed by the Dahomey Amazons and some soldiers from the Oyo Empire when they got to Atakpamé.
The Dwabenhene who was part of the army died and the Asantes were forced to retreat.
After the defeat, the Asantehene was removed and Osei Kwadwo became the new Asantehene.
by: Nana Asabere