1st Edition

The Position of the Chief in the Modern Political System of Ashanti A Study of the Influence of Contemporary Social Changes on Ashanti Political Institutions

By K. A. Busia Copyright 1951
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1951, this book provides an account of the traditional status and functions of the Asanti chief. The effects of British administration on the powers of the chief and his council are described, as are the tensions which the traditional political organization was subjected to by the requirements of modern administration. The author of this book was himself an Ashanti and was the first West African tobe appointed to the Colonial Adminstrative Service.

    1. The Constitutional Aspect of Chiefship

    2. The Religious Aspect of Chiefship

    3. Chiefship and Land Tenure

    4. Administration and Justice

    5. The Ashanti Union

    6. British Rule and the Chief: Social Change

    7. British Rule and the Chief: Local Government

    8. The Ashanti Conderacy Council

    9. The Chief Today


    In 1969 K.A. Busia became Prime Minister of Ghana. While he was in Britain for a medical check-up, the army under Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheampong overthrew his government on 13 January 1972. Busia remained in exile in England and returned to Oxford University, where he died from a heart attack in August 1978.[3]