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Krobo Queen Mothers: Gender, Power, and Contemporary Female Traditional Authority in Ghana

From: Africa Today
Volume 55, Number 3, Spring 2009
pp. 105-123 | 10.1353/at.0.0060



This article focuses on the emergence and performance of Krobo queen mothers in Southern Ghana. It seeks to highlight the significance of female traditional rulers in contemporary Ghana and fill gaps in knowledge about their position in patrilineal societies. Whereas it is often assumed that their position in general eroded because of colonialism and missionary activities, and that in Ga-Dangme and Ewe (patrilineal) societies they have little significant power, their position in Krobo is expanding and adjusting to modern demands. The combination of holding traditional offices and acting as members of NGOs and other organizations makes it possible for queen mothers to address current challenges and exert power.

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