Opening a Door into the Private Lives of Dagomba Chiefs in Northern Ghana


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships




This study investigates the private lives of Dagomba chiefs in Northern Ghana, breaking away from the largely institutional academic work on chieftaincy in Ghana. Concentrating on the private lives of three Dagomba chiefs, the study explores how they negotiate their everyday lives in their palaces, as husbands to their numerous wives, and, as fathers to their many children. It focuses on how they marry, control, and socialise their children, and how they undertake the daily administration of their households. The study also considers actors who influence the chiefs’ daily behavior. Data is collected from the three chiefs, their wives, their children, their elders, and their drummers. Methodology includes focus group discussions, observations, and in-depth interviews, using tools such as interview guides.