Ghana Tribes: Traditional Beliefs & Customary Law
In the latest set of talks in our popular Tribes series we are looking at important cultural institutions, beliefs and events that have shaped Ghanaian society over the years.
This session explores the indigenous belief system, which still has tremendous influence on many Ghanaians, regardless of religion. It is this belief system that is reflected in each of our rites of passage and sets the pattern or code of behaviour for the family, and the community as a whole, influencing moral and social behaviour.
During the talk we will discuss:
- Central themes and principles of traditional beliefs and customary law, and the impact on modern Ghana
- The scope of customary law including access to and ownership of land, marriage rites, spousal rights and succession rights
- The fit between customary law and formal legislation
The session will open with a personal reflection by Kirsty Osei-Bempong (blogger at MisBeee Writes). There will then be a Q&A session moderated by Ben Fletcher.
Answering the questions will be a panel of external, expert speakers:
- Dominic Mbang (Dagomba)
- Akwasi Amponsa-Afrifa (Akan)
- Ade Sawyerr (GaDangme)
Light refreshments will be served.
Akwasi is an experienced teacher who has taught in Ghana and the UK. He hails from Atwima Trabuom in the Asante Region, where, as part of the royal family, he observed and participated in a range of Akan traditional rituals. In addition, Akwasi has formally studied the Akan ethnic group and consequently has invaluable knowledge on the Asante, Akuapem and Fante cultures. He currently teaches Twi at The Ghanaian Language School in London.
Dominic works with the NHS and is also active in politics both in the UK and Ghana. He is passionate about culture and helped organise Ghana Community Action for Development (GHACAD) in the Midlands, for which he was Secretary and Chairman. GHACAD is an association that publicises the Ghanaian culture and way of life to the British public, while promoting social cohesion. Dominic is also a member of a number of other organisations including the Amalsum Association-UK and Bawku Area Association-UK.
Ade is a management consultant and Founding Partner at Equinox Consulting, a consultancy set up 30 years ago to provide an integrated approach of consultancy, training, and research on issues that affect disadvantaged, socially excluded and ethnic minority communities in Britain and abroad. He has been Chairman of the Ghana Union London and GaDangme Nikasemo Asafo, a small cultural and educational charity. Ade is a prolific writer and has published several articles on business and community development.
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Star 100 UK
Star 100 is a Ghana-focused diaspora network, based in London. It was founded in the UK in June 2004 with the aim of connecting 100 likeminded professionals - hence the name. Today we have some 900 registered members.
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