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Title:Urbanisation, land alienation and politics in Accra
Author:Quarcoopome, S.S.
Periodical:Research Review
Geographic term:Ghana
Abstract:The phenomenon of urbanization in Accra (Ghana) since the latter part of the 19th century has had a considerable influence on the customary land tenure system of the indigenous Ga-speaking people in the area. Colonialism introduced radical notions of land tenure, ownership and use based on European concepts, principles and legal regimes. Gradually these ideas began to influence and eventually replace traditional notions of collective ownership and the alienation of land, especially as a result of legisation by the central government or a statutory body such as the Town Council, became increasingly common. The rate at which land was being alienated in Accra became a hot political issue and the central theme around which party political activities in Accra revolved from the early 1950s up to the immediate postindependence period. A growing militant opposition to the Convention Peoples' Party (CPP) of Kwame Nkrumah grew around the land issue and resulted in the formation of a radical Ga movement, the Ga Shifimo Kpee (Ga Standfast Association) in 1957. Although the Ga Shifimo Kpee failed in the short run, it did succeed in creating awareness among the Ga Mashie people and the government as to the long-term seriousness of the land problem. Notes, ref.