Asafo and Destoolment in Colonial Southern Ghana, 1900-1953

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November 2, 1995


Anshan Li


This article seeks to understand the widespread political phenomenon that did not provide a comprehensive examination of the role of chiefs in organizing political resistance in colonial Ghana. The article introduced Asafo, a warrior organization found in every town/village, as well as its features and functions. The article points out that it’s important to interpret the Asafo’s origin from the perspective of a process of adaptation to social change rather than a stagnant traditional form.


Culture | Historical Context | Politics | Social Context

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