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Title:Chief Akrofi of Larteh, 1885-1900
Author:Brokensha, DavidISNI
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana
Geographic term:Ghana
traditional polities
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41405762
Abstract:The Akwapim state was formed in 1730 as a result of an alliance between the earlier Guan-speaking peoples and the later Akan migrants. Although the state has held together since then, there has been an endemic tendency to secession, particularly by the two main Guan leaders - the Nifahene of Adukrom, who heads the Kyerepon towns, and the Benkumhene of Larteh, who is in charge of six Guan towns (i.e. Ahenease and Kubease - the twin towns of Larteh and Mamfe, Abotakyi, Mampong and Tutu). Akwapim of follows the traditional Akan political organisation based on military divisions; the Nifahene is leader of the right wing of the army, while the Benkumhene leads the left wing. After the Omanhene, the paramount chief whose capital is at Akropong, these two chiefs are the most powerful. The dramatic fifteen-year reign of Akrofi Benkumhene of Larteh, provides some valuable insights into the complex political relationships and changing social processes of the state of Akwapim during the latter nineteenth century. This article is an attempt to examine and illuminate some aspects of that reign. Notes.