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Title:The Asafo of Kwahu, Ghana: A Mass Movement for Local Reform Under Colonial Rule
Author:Simensen, Jarle
Year:1975
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Volume:8
Issue:3
Pages:383-406
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ghana
Great Britain
Subjects:Kwahu polity
colonialism
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/217151
Abstract:In 1915 commoners from all parts of the indigenous state of Kwahu in the Gold Coast gathered at Abetifi and forced the paramount chief to sign a comprehensive set of rules regulating political and economic affairs in the state. Two years later the regulations were elaborated in an impressive document, later referred to as the Magna Carta of Kwahu. The article analyses the movement behind it: the commoner organization known as asafo. Sections: economic change and social conflict - the new asafo organization - the asafo offensive: 1905-1918 - British reactions - the asafo political offensive: phase two - British reactions. Conclusion: the Kwahu asafo movement was primarily one of protest against local exploitation, against chiefs and elders who capitalized on their traditional privileges under modern conditions. Notes, tables.
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