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Title:Strangers and Hosts: A Study in the Political Organisation and History of Atebubu Town
Author:Arhin, Kwame
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:local politics
urban society
Politics and Government
Urbanization and Migration
History and Exploration
Abstract:This paper attempts to use historical data in the analysis of social institutions. The author describes the political organisation of Atebubu town and then attempts an historical explanation of it. Atebubu town, situated 99 miles north-east of Kumasi, has a population of 4, 216 people (1960 Ghana Census) and is the traditional capital of the Atebubu chiefdom and also the headquarters of the north-eastern administrative district of the Brong-Ahafo administrative region. The population consists of two main groups: the 'Brong', who are an admixture of descendants of an Akan migrant group from Saman, a village still extant within the Kamasi district, and descendants of the Nchumuru (Guang) aborigines of Atebubu, and the Ntafo of the Zongo, a heterogeneous collection of savannah dwellers. The main point of the paper centres on the political relations between the Brong and the people of the Zongo. Ref., notes.