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n Institute of African Studies Research Review - Chieftaincy succession disputes and the challenge to traditional authority in Mamprugu, Northern Ghana

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0855-4412
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Abstract

This paper examines the impact of chieftaincy succession disputes on the power and authority of traditional rulers among the Mamprusi of Northern Ghana. Using mainly participant observation, unstructured interviews and focus-group discussions, the author collected data from individuals, households and groups in several Mamprusi settlements between 2001 and 2003.1 Two succession disputes at the provincial and the sub-provincial level of the traditional political hierarchy are analysed in detail. Both cases represented a challenge to traditional authority and are an indication of the changing relationship between chiefs and their subjects in Mamprusi society and throughout Northern Ghana. Finally, the paper examines the factors accounting for the rising incidents of chieftaincy succession disputes and how it is affecting the power and authority of traditional rulers in Mamprugu and elsewhere in Northern Ghana.

Extracted from text ... Research Review NS 21.1 (2005) 45 - 57 45 CHIEFTAINCY SUCCESSION DISPUTES AND THE CHALLENGE TO TRADITIONAL AUTHORITY IN MAMPRUGU - NORTHERN GHANA Steve Tonah Abstract This paper examines the impact of chieftaincy succession disputes on the power and authority of traditional rulers among the Mamprusi of Northern Ghana. Using mainly participant observation, unstructured interviews and focus-group discussions, the author collected data from individuals, households and groups in several Mamprusi settlements between 2001 and 2003.1 Two succession disputes at the provincial and the sub-provincial level of the traditional political hierarchy are analysed in detail. Both cases represented a challenge to ..

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