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As a result of their presence, Islam influenced the north and Muslim influence spread by the activities of merchants and clerics.In the broad belt of rugged country between the northern boundaries of the Muslim-influenced state of Dagomba, and the southernmost outposts of the Mossi Kingdoms (of present-day northern Ghana and southern Burkina Faso), were peoples who were not incorporated into the Dagomba entity.
They lived in a so-called segmented society, bound together by kinship tie, and ruled by the head of their clan. 1630–60), a series of successful military operations against neighboring Akan states brought a larger surrounding territory into alliance with Ashanti.Political and military consolidation ensued, resulting in firmly established centralized authority.Osei Tutu was strongly influenced by the high priest, Anokye, who, tradition asserts, caused a stool of gold to descend from the sky to seal the union of Ashanti states.Archaeological remains found in the coastal zone indicate that the area has been inhabited since the Bronze Age (ca.2000 BC), but these societies, based on fishing in the extensive lagoons and rivers, have left few traces.
An elevated kingdom continued to exist after Almoravid rule ended, and the kingdom was later incorporated into subsequent Sahelian empires, such as the Mali Empire several centuries later.