The Krobo People of Ghana, to 1892: A Political and Social History

The Krobo People of Ghana, to 1892: A Political and Social History

The Krobo People of Ghana, to 1892: A Political and Social History

The Krobo People of Ghana, to 1892: A Political and Social History


This book presents a broad analytical framework for the history of southeastern Ghana within the context of a representative study of one of the country's most important political and economic forces.

The 150,000 Krobo are the most numerous of the Adangme-speaking peoples. They are located in the mountains just inland from the coast and are the fourth largest ethnic group in the country. During the nineteenth century they were one of the small states of the Gold Coast in the formative stages of political and cultural development. After the middle of the nineteenth century they became economically and politically one of the most important groups in the country because of their dominant role in commercial production of export crops.

Historical research on Ghana has produced mostly case studies of the large, centralized Akan states. Wilson's study is an account of one of the smaller societies without which a history of Ghana would be incomplete."


The author carried out field work for the present study in two stages during the years 1973-1974 and 1983-1984. During these years he conducted extensive interviews with a number of people: the late Nene Assu Mate Kole (1939-1990), konor of the Manya Krobo during his lifetime; the Padi Oketeku Akrobetto ii, konor of the Yilo Krobo between 1955 and 1977; the Okumo; and the Very Reverend E.L.M. Okjidja (Rtd), former Moderator of the Ghana Presbyterian Church. the author consulted archival material in the Balme Library of the University of Ghana, Legon, including the Furley and Africana Collections; at the Institute of African Studies Library in Legon; and at the Accra, Kofordua, and Cape Coast branches of the Ghana National Archives (GNA). Konor Azzu Mate Kole made available to the author the family papers at his residence and at the Accra branch of the gna. He also made available the private collection of KonorEmmanuel Mate Kole (1892-1939) in Odumase-Krobo.

I wish to express my deep thanks to the Ford Foundation which assisted me with my dissertation work in 1973-1974. Thereafter I received support from the University of Colorado at Boulder and in 1983-1984 from the Fulbright Fellowship Program.

In addition, I also wish to state my deepest appreciation for the support given me by the Krobo themselves as well as by numerous people at the University of Ghana, Legon, and by the people of Ghana. Furthermore, I would like to acknowledge the critical nature of the information gained from numerous interviews with Konor Oketeku Akrobetto iii and with the late Nene Azzu Mate Kole. More important than the interviews with him was the personal and moral support which Konor Mate Kole accorded me.

Finally a word to the scholars who assisted me during the years this work was in preparation, to Earl Phillips, Boniface T.O. Ranger, Hugo Huber, David Northrup, and A. Adu Boahen as well as to James L. Cobban, editor of the Monographs in International Studies . . .

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