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‘The Time When Politics Came’: Party Politics and Local Conflict

Lentz Carola

in Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748624010
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652969 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624010.003.0009
‘The Time When Politics Came’: Party Politics and Local Conflict

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In January 1955, Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah visited the Lawra District. Shortly after this visit, the already problematic relations between the Nandom Naa and the Lambussie Kuoro, as well as those between the Nandom Naa and the Lawra Naa, grew increasingly tense. Not only did old conflicts over territorial boundaries and the entitlement to tax revenues resurface, but an attempt was also made to oust the Nandom Naa — which in turn intensified Nandom's desire to secede from the Lawra Confederacy. This time of conflict during the 1950s and early 1960s is locally remembered as ‘the time when politics came’, ‘politics’ referring here to party politics. The involvement of supra-local power blocks imparted local conflicts with an unprecedented divisiveness. This chapter discusses party politics and local conflict in North-Western Ghana during the 1950s and early 1960s. It looks at the beginnings of party politics in the Lawra District, the 1954 elections, land disputes and succession conflicts, and Convention People's Party hegemony and the dissolution of the Lawra Confederacy.

Keywords: Lawra District; party politics; elections; conflicts; North-Western Ghana; Convention People's Party; Lawra Confederacy; land disputes; succession

Chapter.  12126 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: African Studies

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