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Title:Law and social reality: the effect of marriage and paternity on membership of family among Ga Mashi people
Author:Nii-Aponsah, D.A.
Periodical:Review of Ghana Law
Geographic term:Ghana
customary law
family law
illegitimate children
External link:https://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/rvghana10&id=44
Abstract:Dr. J.B. Danquah, in his Akan Laws and Customs, noted the absence of any direct correlation between marriage and the legitimacy of a child among the Akan of Ghana. It has generally been taken for granted that this is also true of the Ga people of Ga Mashi. Legal circles assume that a Ga Mashi child is not a member of its father's family because the father belongs to his own mother's family, and thus his own child, male or female, also belongs to its own mother's family. This flows from the indiscriminate super imposition of the matrilineal system made by the courts upon the true Ga Mashi customary usages. The erroneous placing of a Ga Mashi father with his maternal family arises from the overlooking by such classification of the significance and effect of the marriage bond and of paternity in Ga sociology and ideology. The marriage bond (six-cloth or informal marriage) in Ga society, unlike its role in Akan society, is a sine qua non to innumerable rights and privileges which a Ga Mashi might enjoy. Ref.