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Title:Ofori Atta, Mate Kole, and Jurisdiction Over the Krobo Plantations
Author:Addo-Fening, Robert
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana
Geographic term:Ghana
Manya Krobo polity
Akim polity
customary law
land law
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Abstract:In the last decades of the nineteenth century the Krobo acquired large tracts of land between the Akurum and the Ponpon River (Ghana). This subsequently gave rise to conflicting claims on the part of Akyem Abuakwa and Krobo. In 1922 Nana Ofori Atta I, Okyenhene of Akyem Abuakwa, and Mate Kole, Konor of Manya Krobo, agreed to arbitration. H.S. Newlands, Deputy Commissioner for Eastern Province, was to determine whether the Krobo Plantations lay 'within the territory under the rule of the Paramount stool of Akyem Abuakwa and, Whether the jurisdiction of the Akyem Abuakwa stool over the area in question has been transferred to the stool of Manya Krobo'. On the first point, Newlands found in the affirmative. On the second point, although the evidence 'led to an impasse', Newlands nonetheless held that the land purchases by the Krobo from the Akyem Abuakwa were undoubtedly communal, and recommended that jurisdiction be transferred to the paramount stool of Manya Krobo. Detailed examination of the basis of the Krobo claim to jurisdiction over the Krobo plantations suggests no conclusive evidence that Krobo purchases were communal. Moreover, since land purchases by aliens were not governed by a common principle of native customary law, Newlands should have given up the arbitration 'as hopeless business' or attempted to effect a compromise between the parties. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]