Bankoe v. Dome: Traditions and Petitions in the Ho-Asogli Amalgamation, British Mandated Togoland, 1919-1939
Benjamin N. Lawrance
Rochester Institute of Technology
August 22, 2005
Journal of African History, Vol. 46, pp. 243-67, 2005
This article investigates Ewe engagement with British administrative policy via the story of a chieftaincy dispute in Ho, British Mandated Togoland, that erupted when Britain attempted to amalgamate two neighboring chieftaincies, Ho-Dome and Ho-Bankoe, by deploying a model with an ‘ethnic stamp’, that of the neighboring Akan states. Colonial-era chieftaincy has received substantial scholarly attention.
This article argues that the relationship between the models deployed to reorganize chiefly power and the roles of protagonists is just as significant as the layered conflicts within chieftaincies and their respective clans. Two responses to ‘Akanized’ amalgamation are investigated: the petitions of its opponents, and the rituals developed by chiefs, priests and peasants to herald the amalgamations.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: Ghana, Togo, chiefs, chieftaincy, disputes, colonial rule, British empire, Africa, Ewe, Togoland
Date posted: August 24, 2011