King Tackie Tawiah
was born to the Ga royal family of Teiko Tsuru We at Kinka, he was (originally known as Nii Quarshie Tawiah) succeeded to the stool in 1862, shortly before colonisation of the Gold Coast. He was descended in a direct line from Ayi Kushi, the first Gá king in recorded history. Tackie Tawiah lived and reigned for sometime under the Dutch flag.

To the Gá-Dangme still enthralled by the extraordinary military exploits of Nii Tackie Kome I, the hallowed name and prestige of the deceased leader attached to his grandson. King Tackie Tawiah succeeded to his predecessors' role as senior military leader of all the Gá, Dangme and Akan states of South-eastern Ghana.

Tackie Tawiah's personal qualities won the admiration of many; he had a remarkable sense of statesmanship, generosity and fairness. He considered the welfare of his people the paramount virtue, and worked relentlessly to that end, and showed unflagging determination in adversity. His fearlessly, bravery and outspokenness inspired the youth, while his countless victories brought glory and respect to the nation.

Nii Tackie Tawiah led a delegation of Gá fishermen to Dahomey who successfully transfered skills at managing surf boats to the locals.

As king Tackie Tawiah's fame rested on two principal achievements: his leadership of the peoples of South-Eastern Ghana and opposition to the diktat of the colonial administration. Shortly after his enstoolment Tackie Tawiah had to retire to a village on the outskirts of Accra following a riot in the royal quarter of Kinka. He re-emerged to lead the Gá-Dangme into battle against the Anlo Ewe in the
Anula Ta (Anlo war) of 1866, marking the beginning of a succession of Gá-Dangme campaigns in the Lower Volta.

The new British representative, Governor Blackall declared both Tackie Tawiah and Manche Kojo Ababio of Jamestown outlaws, effectively setting the stage for the King's life-long struggles against the colonialists. In the words of the King: "When this country [Kinka] was taken by the White man I was absent from town and I heard that their flag was up. I was then at Awoonah..." The British later changed their policy towards the two political leaders who returned to Accra in 1869.

Prior to becoming king, Tackie Tawiah was a successful merchant; his trading activities not only took him beyond the borders of the Gold Coast, he also travelled extensively across the Gold Coast itself and the hinterland, developing a network of contacts and friends. He cultivated the friendship of many of the Brazilians settlers in Accra. The Brazilians arrived in Accra during the reign of Nii Tackie Kome, and were quickly incorporated into the Gá polity; they were attached to the household of Mantse Ankrah and absorbed into the Otublohum quarter.

The knowledge and skills of the Brazilians were harnessed by King Tackie Tawiah to the development of the town. Stone architecture, warehousing, smithery and other crafts and trades were added to the range of Gá-Dangme traditional skills. The affluence of Accra attracted numerous peoples from the hinterland and other places who joined with the original Gá-dangme in developing the country.

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