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Pidgin! Make We Hear Your Speak, Make We Know Why Chaw Students Dey Luv You, Desiree Pipkins Apr 2004

Pidgin! Make We Hear Your Speak, Make We Know Why Chaw Students Dey Luv You, Desiree Pipkins

African Diaspora ISPs

Historical evidence contends that as a country, Ghana (formally the Gold Coast) had not need for a pidgin. Additionally, the colonial administration made deliberate attempts to acknowledge and teach Standard English, exclusively, in school, as a result of these factors, there is a minimal need to speak Pidgin in Ghana, as compared to Standard English; further, it is not socially considered an attractive option for interpersonal communication as it is in other West African countries, particularly, Nigeria. Nevertheless, a new phenomenon of non-standard English has developed among students n senior secondary schools in Ghana. This rapidly progressing variety of English ...


Education For Liberation: Ghana's Move From Western To Appropriate Education System, Ama Mansa Awotwi Apr 2003

Education For Liberation: Ghana's Move From Western To Appropriate Education System, Ama Mansa Awotwi

African Diaspora ISPs

A western based education system that is used throughout Ghana's school system. Education is defined then the study looks at the education system and evaluates whether or not it is successfully educating students based on this definition. Observations are made, interviews carried out and surveys filled in order to gain an understanding of what Ghanaians know about their culture and themselves. People are in need of more knowledge about the society and the education system is one place where that information can be imparted. Suggestions are made for new teaching methods that can be used inside and outside of ...


Art And Symbolism In Ewe Religion: Ritual Objects Of The Yewe And Tro Mami Worship In Klikor, Ghana, Coleen Wright Oct 1999

Art And Symbolism In Ewe Religion: Ritual Objects Of The Yewe And Tro Mami Worship In Klikor, Ghana, Coleen Wright

African Diaspora ISPs

This project investigated the symbolism represented through art in the Yewe and Tro Mami Worship in Klikor, Ghana. The research questions were what are the symbols expressed through art of the two religions and how do these symbols serve the religions. In order to do this I conducted informal interviewing, participant and non participant observations on several different occasions. Through this I was able to learn about the various relics and the function that they play in worship. The material I collected suggests that art symbolism play a vital role in religion.


Word And Image: A Synthesis Of Twi Proverbs And Photographs, Mana Borenstine Apr 1999

Word And Image: A Synthesis Of Twi Proverbs And Photographs, Mana Borenstine

African Diaspora ISPs

Word and Image: A Synthesis of Twi Proverbs and Photographs intended to give background on the final product of an independent study project, a photographic essay combined with Twi proverbs. This paper briefly describes the product. There is a discussion of proverbs and photographs as methods of communication. Some information about the functions of proverbs is included, as well as a list of proverbs, in both Twi and English, not used in the final product.


Product Of The Past: An Examination Of Ashanti And Dagari Proverbs As A Means Of Exploring The Cultural And Societal Effects Of The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade On The Dagaaba People And The Ashanti People, Melanie Kawano Apr 1999

Product Of The Past: An Examination Of Ashanti And Dagari Proverbs As A Means Of Exploring The Cultural And Societal Effects Of The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade On The Dagaaba People And The Ashanti People, Melanie Kawano

African Diaspora ISPs

An examination of Asante and Dagari proverbs was conducted to see if the different role of the Dagaaba and Ashanti peoples in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade affected each respective society. Proverbs, culturally embedded statements, are derived from common experiences of the people and drawn from the whole of society. Therefore they capture and reflect each aspect of society as well. Thus proverbs are an ideal means of exploring the complex and sensitive issue of how the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade affected the people and vice versa. It was hypothesized that there would be proverbial differences in several categories: War and courage ...


The Meanings Behind The Marks: Scarification And The People Of Wa, Lauren Cullivan Apr 1998

The Meanings Behind The Marks: Scarification And The People Of Wa, Lauren Cullivan

African Diaspora ISPs

My research on scarification took place in Wa, the capital of the Upper West Region of Ghana. By interviewing some of the different ethnic groups in Wa, I came to understand the varying purposes scarification serves. Additionally, I discovered some of the culture beliefs, values and myths of the Wala people. The following report looks into four main aspects of scarification: marks of identification, medicine, protection, and decoration. Furthermore, it investigates the impacts of the slave trade on the practice of tribal marking. Lastly, this paper will describe current opinions and the future implications of the practice of scarification in ...


Folk Songs Of Ghana: The Mosomagor Song Book, Julia Christensen Apr 1998

Folk Songs Of Ghana: The Mosomagor Song Book, Julia Christensen

African Diaspora ISPs

This project is focused on the traditional songs of Moscmagor, a village at the Eastern entrance to Kakum National Park. I was interested in learning to sing the songs, the meanings of the songs, as well as their histories and origins. I was also very interested in the singing techniques that are used, and how the singing of the songs is naturally effected by the fact that they have been learned within this oral culture. The fact that these songs are rarely written down gave me the idea of attempting to do so, using the Western process of notation. This ...


Adowa: Funeral Dance Of Asante As A Vehicle To Express Ethnic Identity, Katherine Moss Apr 1998

Adowa: Funeral Dance Of Asante As A Vehicle To Express Ethnic Identity, Katherine Moss

African Diaspora ISPs

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the role of Adowa as a vehicle to express ethnic identity in Asante society. First, background information regarding African music is presented, bringing to light the concept of African music as an integrated, 'total art' and highlighting the distinction between traditional and contemporary African music. Traditional music is discussed in terms of its defining features, continuity through enculturation, and imitation of natural patterns of African speech. Based on such conceptions of African music as both 'total' and traditional (as the section heading suggests), Adowa as a socio-music form is introduced and detailed ...