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Title:From independent communities to state: chieftaincy and the making of the Akuapem state, 1730s-1900
Author:Ayesu, EbenezerISNI
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana (ISSN 0855-191X)
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:Akwapim polity
State formation
political history
Abstract:Chieftaincy in Akuapem in south-eastern Ghana is widely regarded as a special institution. At all levels of Akuapem state division, towns or village, chiefs are seen as the holders of customary authority and as 'the cultural and social leaders of their people'. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the processes leading to the formation of the state. The author argues that the state was the creation of the chieftaincy institution; and for this reason the daily live of people revolve around it. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]