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Title:Ghana's marriage ordinance: an inquiry into a legal transplant for social change
Author:Adinkrah, Kofi Oti
Periodical:African Law Studies
Geographic term:Ghana
Subject:marriage law
External link:https://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/jlpul18&id=9&collection=journals&index=journals/jlpul
Abstract:The Marriage Ordinance, 1884 (Cap. 127, Laws of the Gold Coast, 1951 Rev.) enabled natives of the Gold Coast (now Ghana) to contract marriages of the type prevailing in Western societies, although not debarring them from contracting customary law, traditional marriages. There is evidence that it was enacted by the imperial power, Great Britain, with the intention of changing the social behaviour of Ghanaians. It has been retained in force since Ghana became independent in 1957. This paper examines the extent to which the Ordinance has produced the intended social effect: The Ordinance and the efficacy of law - Research methodology - Why was the Ordinance enacted, and why does it persist? - The Akan marriage and family system - Actual operation of the Ordinance - Conclusion. Notes, tab.