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Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana$
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Carola Lentz

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624010

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624010.001.0001

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Ethnic Movements and Special-Interest Politics

Ethnic Movements and Special-Interest Politics

(p.228) 9 Ethnic Movements and Special-Interest Politics
Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana

Lentz Carola

Edinburgh University Press

In December 1979, the Nandom Youth and Development Association (NYDA) was founded. There was a great deal of optimism, particularly in the early years, and by the mid-1980s the NYDA had established nineteen branches across the country, with as many as 250 members travelling to Nandom each year for the annual conference. The NYDA-supported Rural Bank, which opened in Nandom in 1981, was regarded by association activists as a milestone on the path to development. Yet other ambitious projects would not be realised. The NYDA, together with other youth associations founded in the 1970s and early 1980s in the Lawra Confederacy and elsewhere in North-Western Ghana, suffered phases of crisis and inactivity. This chapter explores the politics of ethnicity, local citizenship and leadership which the youth associations provoked through their activities and ideas. It also looks at decentralisation and the resurgence of conflicts between Nandom Naa and Lambussie, focusing on two particularly controversial issues: the territorial delimitation of administrative units and the social delimitation of local political communities.

Keywords:   Nandom Youth and Development Association, Nandom Naa, Lambussie, youth associations, politics, ethnicity, local citizenship, leadership, decentralisation, territorial delimitation

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