Osei Kofi Tutu I was a co-founder of the Ashanti Empire the other being Okomfo Anokye, his chief priest in the 18th century. The Ashanti Empire existed in what is today Ghana in Western Africa. The Ashanti were a powerful, warlike, and highly disciplined people of West Africa. Osei Tutu led an alliance of Ashanti states against the regional hegemon, the Denkyira, completely defeating them. Then, through force of arms and diplomacy, he induced the rulers of the other Ashanti city-states to declare allegiance to Kumasi, his capital. Throughout his career he was politically advised by Anokye, a cleric whose spiritual authority over the people aided in his founding of the empire.