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Title:Kumase: ambience of urbanity, tradition and modernity
Author:Donkoh, Wilhelmina JoselineISNI
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana (ISSN 0855-3246)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:colonial history
Ashanti polity
urban history
traditional polities
History, Archaeology
Kumasi (Ghana)
Manners and customs
Ashanti (Kingdom)
City planning
Historicism in architecture
Colonial cities
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41406712
Abstract:This paper traces the history of Kumase, the traditional political capital of the forest State of Asante (in present-day Ghana), from the beginning of the 19th century up to the 1940s. Although Kumase was noted for its relatively dense population, beauty and cleanliness, it became even more colourful from 1896 onward, in the colonial period. It was in this period that such developments as a new type of architecture, modern amenities as electricity and pipe-borne water supply systems, modern hospital facilities, a post office, banks, railway and road transport as well as new economic opportunities started. These developments were accompanied by an increase in such social problems as excessive migration from other parts of the country as well as rural Asante into Kumase, an increase in the rate of delinquency, and a weakening in the ties of the traditional lineage system. It is significant though that despite all these developments, Kumase retained an aspect of its traditional character as the cultural capital of Asante, which has marked the abiding spirit of the city up to the present time. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]