MIZOBE Yasuo
   Department   Undergraduate School  , School of Global Japanese Studies
   Position   Professor
Language English
Publication Date 2009
Type Academic Journal
Title Another Aspect of an Early Gold Coast Nationalist: S.R.B. Attoh-Ahuma's Missonary Work before the End of the Nineteenth Century
Contribution Type Sole-authored
Journal Abibisem: Journal of African Culture and Civilization
Volume, Issue, Pages 1,pp.17-33
Details This paper offers a case study of the formation of early West African nationalists, describing S. R. B. Attoh-Ahuma’s life and missionary work before the end of the nineteenth century. In 1895, Attoh-Ahuma devoted himself to clerical work in his capacity as the superintendent of the Axim District of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, British Gold Coast. At the time, the church had become aware of a ‘traditional custom’ of killing the badu, the tenth child, prevalent in Appolonia in this district. Attoh-Ahuma went there to ‘rescue’ the mothers and babies in danger, while urging the local chiefs to discontinue this traditional custom as well as appealing to the colonial government to take legal measures to abolish this practice. These actions make a sharp contrast with his ‘fervent nationalism’ after the turn of the twentieth century, on which existing studies have focused. In addition, his missionary activities, directly or indirectly, influenced the unification of the south-western region of the Gold Coast.
ISSN 2026-5441