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Title:Legitimating a contested boundary: northern Ghanaian immigrants and the historicity of land conflict in Ahyiayem, Brong Ahafo
Author:Lobnibe, IsidoreISNI
Periodical:Ghana Studies
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:land conflicts
Abstract:Lately, it has been observed that, in disputes over land boundaries, 'first comer' and 'late comer' narrative accounts are proffered by rival claimants to disputed land, providing discursive content for contestation and counter-contestation. Building on this insight, the present paper attempts to reveal the root of the disputed land boundary among the Wenchi and Dormaa in Ahyiayem, a farming community in the Brong Ahafo region of southern Ghana. It also illustrates how conflicts between landowners in the Brong Ahafo region are commonly staged by the actors involved as intermigrant conflicts - some southern landowners gave out on contract their cocoa farms, which had been ruined by bushfires, to landless northern migrant farmers - in order to conceal age-old conflicts of a quite different nature. It can even be maintained that landless migrants from the north are drawn into these confrontations to help protect the interests of the local disputants. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]