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Title:Nanumba chieftaincy facing the Ghanaian state and Konkomba 'tribesmen': an interpretation of the Nanumba-Konkomba war of 1981
Author:Skalnik, P.ISNI
Periodical:Les cahiers du CEDAF
Geographic term:Ghana
ethnic warfare
Abstract:Analysis of the working of the modern Ghanaian state at the local level, focusing on the conflict between the Nanumba and the Konkomba in the Nanumba District of the Northern Region during the Third Republic (1979-1981). The example of the Nanumba-Konkomba war is indicative of the role of so-called traditional factors like chieftaincy and land rights in modern local and national politics. In the absence of a well-functioning modern nation-state, the values and organizational principles evolved by the Nanumba and the Konkomba as a result of their historical experience, re-emerged as dominant. These factors are sensitive pointers to the weaknesses of the modern state in Africa. Bibliogr., notes.