|(Upwards of 10 million)|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Ghana, Ivory Coast|
|Akan, Asante dialect|
|Akan, Islam, Christianity, Roman Catholicism, Non-religious and others|
|Related ethnic groups|
Before European colonization, the Ashanti people developed a large and influential empire in West Africa. The Ashanti later developed the powerful Ashanti Confederacy or 'Asanteman'. They were the dominant presence in the region. The Asantehene is the political and spiritual head of the Asantes.