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Title: Widowhood Practices among the Akan of Ghana - Yesterday and Today
Authors: Asamoah-Hassan, Helena R.
Issue Date: 28-Oct-1998
Abstract: The different tribes which constitute the Akan ethnic group in Ghana are enumerated stating their locations and characteristics. The institution of marriage, traditional and ordinance, how they are contracted and ended among the Akan are given as a preamble to the discussion on widowhood practices. The types of cultural rites and ordeals which Akan women used to go through at the death of their spouses in yesteryears are presented. These include what the widows were expected to do to themselves, what their own families and late spouse’s family as well as the society expected them to do. The problems relating to the issue of inheritance of the man’s property which affects the economic well being of the widow is also discussed. What obtains today, an improved situation, are then presented. Though there are still some grounds yet to be covered especially In the rural areas where traditions do not die easily, it is a success story, because most of the treatments which used to be meted out to widows and which affected their physical and psychological health have been de—emphasised in the urban areas. The efforts put in by various advocacy groups to secure this change for the better are commended. Suggestions are then proffered which are aimed at eliminating at least, the painful and harmful aspects of the practice.
Description: Paper presented at the 2nd Women in Africa and the African Diaspora (WAAD), Conference held at Indiana University, Indianapolis, USA from 23rd - 27th October, 1998
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/4189
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