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Anthony Ephirim-Donkor

The Making of an African King: Patrilineal and Matrilineal Struggle Among the Effutu of Ghana, Second Edition

The Making of an African King: Patrilineal and Matrilineal Struggle Among the Effutu of Ghana, Second Edition

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The Making of An African King is a study examining the causes of the kingship internecine struggle among the Effutu by exploring the two traditional systems of succession, the patrilineal and the matrilineal, among the Effutu (Awutu-abe), and how best to end political violence. Kingship or chieftaincy disputes in Ghana may begin as rivalry among members of the same family, or when ineligible elders are elected caretaker kings because of their invaluable services to a royal family. However, upon the demise of the caretakers, their descendants refuse to cede power back to the royal family; thus creating protracted power struggles. This is exactly the situation among the Effutu. Fortunately, new information became available when the author was researching in Ghana from 1997-1999. As a result, this edition provides for the first time accounts of colonial administrators about the royal internecine struggle, in ways that confirm Awutu orthodoxy and put concocted histories, false genealogies, and outright lies to rest.

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Ephirim-Donkor, Anthony
Published: 08/04/2009
Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761847786
Pages: 238
Weight: 0.79lbs
Size: 8.90h x 5.90w x 0.70d
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