In April 1867 Kwaka Dua died, and after an interval of civil war was succeeded by Kofi Karikari, who on being enstooled swore, "My business shall be war."
Seeing the preparations made by his enemy, Kofi Karikari endeavoured to make peace, and in response to General Wolseley's demands the European captives were released (January 1874).
Sir Garnet Wolseley sent messengers to the king, but Kofi Karikari refused to surrender.
On the 9th of February a messenger from Kofi Karikari overtook Sir Garnet, who on the 13th at Fomana received the Ashanti envoys.
1 Shortly after the war the Ashanti deposed Kofi Karikari, and placed on the golden stool - the symbol of sovereignty - his brother Mensa.
In the same month died the ex-king Kofi Karikari, and disruption threatened Ashanti.
Mr and Mrs Ramseyer (two of the missionaries imprisoned by King Kofi Karikari for four and a half years) returned to Kumasi, and other missionaries followed.