Unlike most Western civilizations the female in West African cultures can hold a great deal of power, especially in the position of Queen Mother. Historians view West African Queen Mothers as: “History’s most politically viable female population”. In Both Asante and Benin cultures the Queen Mother is considered the co-ruler along with the King. However, the Queen Mother has the ultimate veto power of the King. She is also allowed to appoint her own ministers and holds a strong decision in the ministers the King chooses as well. The Queen mother also participates in the council meetings as dominate authority. Ultimately the Queen Mother had the decision who became the next king within both cultures. In Asante politics many Queen mothers built up political coalitions throughout their reign. This allowed them to bring their sons into power and thus protect their sons.


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