A bit of history before showing you the dance of the Ghanaian Chiefs and Queens at UNESCO during the Africa Week, which took place from 20 to 24 May 2019 in Paris.
The formal integration of traditional leaders in present political life is to be envisaged in many African countries, particularly in Ghana, where these leaders play a vital role in the peace and stability of their respective communities.
It should be remembered that during the colonial period, the role of the traditional chiefs was reduced to “collaborators” of the metropolis to whom they seemed indebted. In some French-speaking or Portuguese-speaking African countries, these chiefs did not enjoy all the consideration they deserved and were subordinate to the central government. For example, in Ghana under Kwame Nkrumah, they were mere appendages of the ruling power.
Beginning in 1966, coinciding with the end of the Kwame Nkrumah era, these chiefs begin to perform certain functions. These include non-statutory functions such as civil conflict resolution, reconciliation procedures, prayers for blessing and prosperity. As far as the statutory functions are concerned, they are defined in the Constitution and laws of the country.
In any case, more than 77.4% of Ghanaians support effective participation of traditional chiefs in the management of the country’s public affairs. In addition, 48.1% consider that their role is essential in the unity and harmony of their community.
“If traditional leaders came to join members of parliament, development projects could be managed more quickly and efficiently,” said Emmanuel Nash during the presentation of the Ghana Peace Awards in July 2017 .
On June 24, 2019, on the occasion of the Africa Day at UNESCO, the Nananom troupe gave a demonstration to tell the story of these Ghanaian chiefs and queens.
Watch the video here: