The contribution of the Asante Kings to the growth of Methodism in Asante: 1839-2002

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The purpose of this study was to ascertain the perception that the Asante kings placed impediments on the Wesleyan missionaries and to discover the contributions, if any, of the Asante kings to the growth and development of Methodism in Asante between the period 1839 and 2002. The research is based on both primary and secondary sources and on fieldwork interviews. Data collection was achieved through interviews, visits to the archives, museums and libraries. The research revealed that from the inception of Methodism in Asante, the Asante kings have contributed immensely to the growth and development of Methodism. It has been observed that none of the Asante kings from Otumfoɔ Kwaku Dua I to Otumfoɔ Osei Tutu II maltreated any Methodist Missionary. There is no record of missionaries who suffered personal hostility from any of the Asante kings. The research revealed that, there has never been any conflict between any Asante king and any Methodist missionary or minister. Asante kings were always, very good friends of the missionaries, ministers and most of the local agents. They have always been very condescending. The Asante kings have played very significant roles in the spread of Methodism in Asante. They have been the providers of hospitality for the Methodist missionaries and ministers, lands for the church’s development and allowed their family members and their subjects to join the Methodist societies in Asante kingdom. The researcher therefore recommends that the Methodist Church Ghana should endeavour to honour the Asante Kings for their great contribution towards the growth of Methodism in Asante. Chapels, church halls, offices and schools could be named after them. Again, the church should establish scholarship schemes in their names.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the Degree of Master of Philosophy in Religious Studies, 2011