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Yao is another spelling which is Baoule that means Thursday.
Jharrison  5/9/2007
Historical and famous bearer of this name is Yaa Asantewaa:
She was the Queen Mother of Ejisu, during the English colonisation of Ghana, and was the one to lead the Ashanti in their fight against the colonisator. For months the Ashantis led by Yaa Asantewaa fought very bravely and kept the white men in the fort. Yet British reinforcements totaling 1,400 soldiers arrived at Kumasi. Yaa Asantewa and other leaders were captured and sent into exile. Yaa Asantewaa's war was the last of the major war in Africa led by a woman.
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ragna  1/15/2008

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