book begins your exploration of the culture and traditions
of the Akans of Ghana, West Africa. It introduces the reader
to the lifestyle of the traditional Akans living in Ghana,
Ivory Coast, Togo, and other West African Countries. Little
has been written on the Akan culture and spirituality especially
in the style and with the sensitivity of this author.
reader gets a glimpse of the traditional life of the Akan
with its protocols, hospitality, and embedded cultural spirituality.
This is a user friendly guide to anyone seeking knowledge
on the culture and/or spirituality of the Akans.
author has spent more than 15 years traveling throughout
Ghana, observing and participating in cultural activities
as well as studying day-to-day life. Additionally, the Author
has spent many years interviewing practitioners of traditional
Akan customs and rituals in Ghana. This book is a must read
for social workers, psychologists, professors, teachers,
and students. It is a great reference guide for those who
plan to travel to Ghana and other parts of West Africa.
Akan Protocol is infused with stories of interest and humor
that will place you in the heart of Ghana, West Africa with
book deals with some aspects of the customs and usages of
the Akan-speaking people of Ghana. Though its target group
is the Diaspora African, it should be a source of reference
to all who wish to know the culture of the Akans.
Akans are, all the Twi-speaking people of Ashanti, Akuapim,
Brong-Ahafo, Akim, Wassaw, Sefwi, Denkyira, Kwahu and the
Fantes along the coastal belt. What distinguishes one group
from the other is their dialect, otherwise they speak the
same language and their customary practices are not different
from each other. Even though they are immensely influenced
by Christianity, Islam and other foreign cultures, they
have not departed from their ancestral culture, which distinguishes
them as Akans. For instance, the Akans have a way of showing
loyalty and courtesy to their chiefs and elders, honoring
their Ancestors, organizing funerals and performing marriage
rites etc.; which is worth knowing by any person who claims
legacy to Akan ancestry. This book provides the basic material
for such persons.
in the Diaspora need to know the basics of Akan Protocol
to avoid embarrassment when visiting Chiefs or attending
funeral ceremonies or festivals in Ghana.
the Diaspora Africans who, unfortunately lost their culture,
--their African identity-- as a result of over 500 years
of detachment from their ancestral roots, this book is an
indispensable document. Nana Kyerewaa has done a good job,
documenting some essential elements of our cultural practices--what
to do on a visit, the essence of libation, what to wear
on special occasions like funerals and social gatherings
and how to behave at such ceremonies. There is also a section
on "Akom", a traditional religious practice. And,
there is much more information included in the book that
Diaspora Africans need to know.
Author, an Akan Traditional Priestess and a Queenmother
of Atonkwa in the Edina (Elmina) Traditional Area of Ghana
has traveled far and wide among the Akan communities in
the Ashanti, Eastern, Western, Northern, and Central Regions
of Ghana, living and interacting with the people and practicing
the art on the spot. This book is the outcome of her contacts
and consultations with the custodians and practitioners
of our culture -- the Traditional Rulers and Elders.
book on Akan Protocol is therefore recommended to all people
of African descent either living on the continent or in
the Diaspora, who claim ancestry to the Akan-speaking area
of Ghana, and to all others who might wish to visit the
Motherland as pilgrims or even as ordinary tourists.
Kodwo Eduakwa IV
Chief of Atonkwa and Akwamuhene
of Edina Traditional Area