Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana

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6
‘LIGHT OVER THE VOLTA’: THE
MISSION OF THE WHITE FATHERS

In 1985, together with hundreds of believers, the bishop of Wa, the archbishop of Tamale and more than fifty priests celebrated a festive mass in the large brick church of Jirapa. For the first time, a young Dagara, Alphonsus Bakyil, from Jirapa, was entering the order of the White Fathers, which since 1929 had converted thousands of men and women from the North-West and the neighbouring French colony to Catholicism. At the same time, Father Remigius McCoy from Canada, at that time FatherSuperior in Jirapa, was celebrating the jubilee of his ordination. In his commemoratory sermon, Bishop Kpiebaya, a Dagao from Kaleo, reflected on the history of the mission in North-West Ghana:

What we are really celebrating here today is God’s love for the
Dagaabas. We are among those fortunate people of the world whom
He has chosen to bless again and again. Christianity came to us nearly
fifty-six years ago, but little more than twenty of those had passed
before the first Dagati [sic] priest in Ghana was ordained [in 1951].
And less than nine years later … the first diocese in the Northwest was
established with a Dagati bishop at its head. Great things were
happening in our small corner of the Lord’s vineyard. … The first
place in the Northwest to receive the Word of God now sends forth the
first missionary priest of the Northwest … This day the Church in
Jirapa and the Church of Wa diocese have truly come of age! (quoted
in McCoy 1988: 238–9)

Bishop Kpiebaya’s words bespoke gratitude that God had chosen the Dagaba/Dagara as his people, pride in the successful Africanisation of the Catholic Church in the North-West, and ethnic self-confidence. Today Dagara and Dagaba bishops officiate in three of the four dioceses in Northern Ghana, and the majority of the faculty of the theological seminary in Tamale comes from the North-West – facts that irritate many nonDagara. For Bishop Kpiebaya and many others, being Dagara/Dagaba and being Catholic are intimately linked to one another, although in the region around Wa and Kaleo especially there were and are numerous Muslim Dagaba, in addition to families that were formerly Christians, but have since

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Maps and Plates vi
  • Preface vii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - The North-West in the Nineteenth Century 14
  • 2 - The Introduction of Chieftaincy 33
  • 3 - The Discursive Creation of Ethnicity 72
  • 4 - The Lawra Confederacy Native Authority 104
  • 5 - Labour Migration, Home-Ties and Ethnicity 138
  • 6 - ‘Light over the Volta’- The Mission of the White Fathers 153
  • 7 - Decolonisation and Local Government Reform 175
  • 8 - ‘The Time When Politics Came’- Party Politics and Local Conflict 199
  • 9 - Ethnic Movements and Special-Interest Politics 228
  • 10 - The Cultural Work of Ethnicity 252
  • Epilogue 275
  • Notes 280
  • Abbreviations 322
  • Glossary 323
  • Divisional (Paramount) Chiefs of Lawra District 324
  • References 325
  • Index 337
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