n Institute of African Studies Research Review - Editor's introduction

Supplement 8
  • ISSN : 0855-4412



S. W. D. K. Gandah, or 'Kum', as he was affectionately called by his friends, belonged to the first generation of educated Northerners. He was born in Birifu, in North-Western Ghana, in 1927, as a member of the Naayiile patriclan and the son of a well-known, powerful village chief, and he was among the first group of students to re-open the Lawra Confederacy Native Authority Primary School, which he attended from 1935 to 1939. From 1940 to 1944, Kumbonoh Gandah continued his education at Tamale Government Middle Boarding School - at that time the only state-run post-primary educational institution in what were then the Northern Territories of the Gold Coast.

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