The impact and legacies of German colonialism in Kete Krachi, North-Eastern Ghana

This publication is an ASC Working Paper, volume 121. You can read it here.
The author, Samuel Aniegye Ntewusu, is affiliated to the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra.

From the conclusion:

The support given to the Hausa over the indigenes by the Germans has remained a constant source of worry. Since the 1990s security concerns have been raised over the celebration of a traditional "Nanaba" festival at Kete Krachi. In 2011 there were open clashes between Muslims in Kete Krachi and the indigenes over the celebration of the festival, which led to the loss of lives and destruction of property worth several millions of Ghana cedis. In March this year (2015) this year, some concerned residents also expressed worry at the celebration of the "Nanaba" festival as its celebration late this year was likely to threaten peace in the town. Krachi has not yet fully recovered from the 2011 fatal ethnic clash between the Hausa community and the Krachis. History has it that the first clash ever recorded between the Hausa Zongo Community and the Krachis occurred during the celebration of a similar festival in the 1890s. During that celebration, some Krachis invaded houses of some Hausa residents of Kete and took away property including domestic animals. The victims raised objection, which led to a bloody clash. This clash led to the execution of the Dente priest. German colonialism in Krachi began with violence and has left Krachi with a history of violence that continues to plague it till this day.

Author(s) / editor(s)

Samuel Aniegye Ntewusu