In 1874 Berekum under the leadership of Nana Pampraw, Berekum joined the Asantes in a war which came to be known as the Fanti war (Fanti sa). During the war Berekum lost 300 men.

Oral tradition has it that after the war the Asantehene organized a thank you delegation with all kinds of paraphernalia including a new umbrella to be delivered to the Berekumhene in appreciation of the assistance Berekuman had given him. However, it is alleged that the items were intercepted by the Bantamahene who exchange the umbrella and other gifts with an older umbrella and other inferior items.