The interface of modern partisan politics and community conflicts in Africa: the case of Northern Ghana conflicts

Conflicts are multi causal and remain an inevitable part of human existence, and Africa like other parts of the world has had to grapple with the phenomenon. The Northern Region of Ghana has over the years been a hotbed of conflicts as several communities have gained notoriety for frequent violent disturbances. Though the “North” is not the only place of simmering tensions and conflicts since colonial times, the violent nature and intractability of some conflicts which often make the headlines for obviously “bad” reasons leaves much to be desired This paper examines Northern Ghana’s intractable conflicts many of which have partisan and political undertones, and have served as fodder to exacerbate; chieftaincy succession conflicts, land and boundary disputes, and others that may arise from competing group interests. More importantly, some of these disputes may directly be as a result of struggle for political power or domination. Whilst relying on textual or content analysis of conflicts in Ghana and Africa the author also makes use of, interviews, personal observation and experiences gained from the area under discussion. Resource persons and researchers, some from these conflict areas offered great insight for this write-up.

This is volume 143 of the series ASCL Working Papers.

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Author(s) / editor(s)

Samuel Nana Abokyi

About the author(s) / editor(s)

Samuel AbokyiSamuel Abokyi is a PhD student at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. His PhD project is part of the research project Society and Change in Northern Ghana: Dagomba, Gonja, and the Regional Perspective on Ghanaian History.
His research interests include:
- Traditional Military History and State formation in Ghana
- The Colonial  Factor in North Eastern Ghana
- The Interface of Modern Partisan Politics and Community Conflicts: the case of Northern Ghana Conflicts
- Music as Popular Culture in the Independence Struggles in Sub-Saharan Africa