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The Akpafu are ancient iron-making agriculturalist Siwu-speaking people belonging to the larger Guan ethnolinguistic group found in the north of Hohoe in the Oti Region of Ghana. The people call themselves Mawu, their traditional abode is Kawu, and their language is Siwu (Siwusi). The language Siwu is spoken in a total of eight villages scattered about in the mountains north of Hohoe with an estimated total number of speakers ranging between 10,000 and 23,000. Siwu is also part of Ghana–Togo Mountain languages; part of Kwa languages and the larger Niger-Congo language phylum. Siwu`s closest linguistic relatives are Lεlεmi (Buem), Sεlε (Santrokofi), and Sεkpεlε (Likpe)
The Mawu land (Kawu) is divided into Akpafu (West) and Lolobi (East), corresponding to a dialectal division. Five Akpafu towns make up Akpafu, and they are Tɔdzi, Ɔdɔmi, Mempeasem, Sɔkpoo, and Adɔkɔ.
According to the oral history of the Akpafus compiled by Reverend H.B.K. Ogbete in his 1998 published work, “A History of Akpafus”, the people, Mawu (which include the Akpafu and Lolobi) trace their “origins to the highlands of Numbia to the northern reaches of the Ethiopian mountains.” They moved from the Ethiopian highlands to the Atara River in the southeast where they crossed into the valley and out into the southern plains reaching the river. The Akpafus came to settle at Suwan or Sutarn (Sudan) for a while and moved on to the Niger River areas in Nigeria.
Ogbete (1998) posits that the people walked along the Niger River, which the Akpafus called "Kuara" meaning "with plenty of things," and after crossing it came against very tall and wild people who drove the Akpafu or Mawu southward into the forest of the Brong Ahafo. They settled first at Gyaman and moved into Nweneme and Duadaso in the Drobo Traditional Area searching for ore-bearing stones, digging and smelting, and beating them into hoes, mattocks, and farming implements. From their settlements in Brong Ahafo, the Guan group was divided into two: the first group moved to make their residence in the forested area in the present-day Ashanti Region. The group later moved down and finally crossed the Volta at Agyade (now under the Volta Lake) into the hills of Mid-Volta (now the Buem Traditional Area).
Ogbete (1998) reckons the second group including Akpafu or Mawu, Santrokofis, and Likpes got away from Adansi into the present-day Akim Abuakwa in the Atiwa hill near Apapem where there abound kinds of black, heavy furrowed and brittle stones that had been melted, solidified and cast out. From Apapem, the group migrated to Nsawam and climbed the Akwapim hills to the other side with the Volta River to the east. It was here the Mawu people and their fellow Guan groups such as Nkonya, Pais, Larte, and others came together. The Mawu people settled on the land before the mighty Akwamu people came to settle at Nyanoase, and later dominated the highlands and ruled the Guans. The Akpafus suffered terribly at the hands of their Akwamu overlords. The Akwamus forcefully take Akpafu youths to Nyanoase on Adae Kese festivals, where they were either sacrificed to their deity or sold into slavery.
To escape the ill treatments meted out to them by the Akwamus, the Akpafus moved their settlement northwards along the Volta, which they called Firao. According to Akpafu oral traditions, a hunter named Orere Tagbara (tall man) found the Firao whilst chasing a leopard that was terrorizing goats and sheep in the settlement, ran into some boar or bush pigs who simply ran into the River Volta towards the opposite bank. From their settlement around Firao, they heard that their kinsfolk, the Nchumurus, had attempted to cross the great river (Ogbete 1998). The Nchumurus formed a series of human chains with seven or eight people in each chain; holding hands, they walked into the river while their leaders stood on the bank shouting directives to those in the water: "Ot bo oklua mle sankyu ba!" meaning "if it is rather deeper then come back". From that day the place has been called Senkye or Senchi. This narration confirms that the Akpafus were with Nkonya and other Guan groups during the crossing of the Volta River. The Akpafu adopted the same strategy as the Nchumurus to cross the Firao.
From the Volta basin, the Akpafu people settled on the hills called Eweto, between Peki and Awudome. They spread their villages from Asikuma to the Bame-Koeve and had their largest village behind Awudome-Tsito. Later Awudome (Ewes) arrived from the eastern plains and settled below the hills. Unfortunately, their new neighbors, Awudomes, started land and crop-growing conflicts with them. Ogbete (1998) posits that one of the conflicts was called by the Akpafus the Rice Fray or "kamɔ ikpaiɔ." In this conflict, Awudome people who thought rice grown by the Akpafus was also another species of roofing grass cut them off. The Akpafus got angry and attacked their opponents with knives and spears whilst the Awudomes replied with clubs and wooden spears. Ogbete (1998 writes, “Because the Akpafus used knives and spears made of their cast iron dug from their mountain homes, they had the upper hand in causing injuries, and the Awudomes had a chance to retreat with the cry, "wo be nuke vela oui" meaning "their spears are painful." Likely, the name Avenui given to the Akpafu people by the Awudomes stemmed from that fray.
To avoid constant conflicts with the Awudomes, the Akpafus left the hills for the Danyi Basin. They roamed the Vakpo, Anfor, Tsrukpe, and Avate hills, searching for ore-bearing stones without success. Whilst searching the Vakpo-Anfoe hills, the Akpafus met the Akpinis in the northern reaches of the Danyi basin near the township of Kudzra or Gbefi. The Akpinis made disdainful remarks that the Akpafus were uncircumcised so that they must leave the top part of the Danyi River undisturbed. This simply meant that the Akpafus should stop washing their "Lobolobo” (uncircumcised pen*ses), into their drinking water, the Danyi river. The message' ran like this' "Migblɔ na mwnebwo be woadzidzo wife Lobo Lobo tsi drop agblata kpalakpala de tsi nono me na mi, ne many nematode mafia wow.”
The Akpafus moved to settle in the hills known as the Togo Plateau, or Awubeame (the Akpafu hills). Grouped by clans, the Akpafus settled in these hills in over fifteen villages. They instituted chieftaincy headship on a rotatory basis and established Age Groupings for martial as well as civic training. The Head of the Paramount Chief was given the title “Igra Kpakpa”, to adjudicate over all the palavers in the Awubeame. It was here that conflict arose between Omain (Mamain) clan, now known as Lolobi, and the Magadagbe clan over rice selling and destruction. The Omain`s Igra, Okatakyie, then held the position of Igra Kpakpa among the Akpafus; his decision to adjudicate on the issue to punish the Magadagbe clan for being guilty party was nipped in the bud by other sub-chiefs. The decision annoyed Igra Okatakyie and his people, thus, they left the Awubeame and journeyed east into the Danyi basin where they encountered the Danyis and the Kpeles who drove them back to where they are now, namely, between the Utuka-Lolobi and Danyi River basin. As a result of the separation, the Omain (Lolobi) people rejected and lost all aspects of their identity as Mawu or people of Kawu except the Akpafu language and a few titular deities.
The Akpafus also started to abduct Magadagbe women for their young men to marry. This and other rice brawls also forced Magadagbes to depart from Awubeame to the bed of an inland lake east of the Awubeame unto a hill northeast of Odomi, Magadagbe Kube. Following the departure of Omain (Lolobi) and the Magadagbe from Awubeame, an Akpafu hunter, Barima Ketekpa led them to settle at Isuku Kaa or Katekpa pay, now known as Akpafu Todzi. The northwestern slope of Oyedjor Hill was settled by the Maritei clans of Majiritei, Maledja Mahn, Magadagbe, and the Madabdjai. 0x1 the eastern slopes of Oyedjor the Matukusei clans of Asakyiri, Kpadjia, and the Atedua occupied the central side of the valley between the Oyedjo and men hills. South of the Atedua settlement lies a place set aside for holding national durbars: w. On the slopes of Ogagen facing the Oyedjo slopslies, on the eastern flank, the Kalesea clan, where Brema Katekpa erected his "Ikpayo" or shed. Along the side of the Kalesea clan, the Aborade clan--derisively called Gyakwa--took abode. Finally, on the western side lies the Asakyiri section called -. The gradual settlement at Kawuikato, which is now called Akpafu Todzi, was done in clans and families at their convenience.
Ogbete, H. B. K. (1998). A History of the Akpafus. Onyase Press Limited.
Agawu, V. K. (1988). Music in the funeral traditions of the Akpafu. Ethnomusicology, 32(1), 75-105.
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If Our Ancestors Are Uncivilized And Primitive How Could They Create Amazing Artworks That Spread All Over The World .That People Pay To Watch In Museums . .
AFRICA'S RICH HISTORY ERASED
Africa has a hidden history that has been erased from school textbooks around the world. Many people falsely assume that Africa was primitive before European and Arab colonial invasion. They believe the fallacy that it was a place of no cities, empires, commerce and in other words, no Civilisation.
But thats Not the Truth!!!!
Africa has a rich and in depth pre-colonial history of magnificent and unspoken wealthy and developed empires and kingdoms.
In the 12th Century, the Mali Empire was larger than Western Europe and regarded as one of the wealthiest states in the world. The Mali Empire existed between c1230 to c1600. The empire reigned in North West Africa before the Kingdom of Kongo. The Mali Empire was the centre of trade internationally and Mansa M***a was the longest reigning King. Ancient pre-colonial art shows the African King M***a dressed in fine clothing and gold. The Mali Empire consisted of many libraries and universities and was known as the academic hub of Africa. There are records of Ancient Mali that go as far back as 1068 and archeological evidence shows that Mali was an established civilisation since the 6th Century. The genealogy of Mali’s kings can be traced as far back as the 10th century.
The Mali Empire was so wealthy that in the 1300’s King Musa conducted a well documented expedition to Mecca with 200 camels that were laden with 12 tons of pure gold, as well as silver, textiles and food in a pilgrimage displaying the grandest wealth of the century. Timbuktu was a part of the Mali empire, a city surrounded by desert with over 50 000 inhabitants. Timbuktu was considered as the academic hub of the world. The region was extensive and ancient art display images of a city that stretches out as far as the eye could see. The 15th and 16th century was considered the Golden Age in Timbuktu as the region flourished with gold, which was traded with other African regions in exchange for textiles, food and salt.
Timbuktu was also full of scholars and countless libraries. Book were made and published in the region by locals, which were sought after worldwide. In 1628, René Caillié, a french explorer had reached the city that he had believed was a mythical legend, and wrote: “When I entered this mysterious city, I was overwhelmed by an incredible feeling of satisfaction, I had never felt such a feeling before in my life and my joy was extreme”.
In 1893 the French explorers came back and colonised Timbuktu, stealing and destroying buildings, documents and books. Some remnants of the ancient manuscripts can still be found in French museums.
Dig deep enough into historical archives and you will find that the African Kingdom of Kongo was one of the largest empires in Africa with a population of over half a million inhabitants, centuries before colonialists set foot on the continent. Diogo Cao was the first European explorer to discover the Kingdom of Kongo in 1483 and was amazed that a progressive civilisation existed. The Kongo had a centralised political state that was advanced in farming, metalwork, weaving and textiles. The Kongo empire spread over the entire West Africa region (which consists of 18 countries today) and had developed cities with houses, communal areas and had an established legal system. By 1500 BC, the Kingdom of Kongo was trading with other countries by exporting leather, gold, textiles and cattle. In 1914 the Portuguese overthrew the Kingdom of Kongo, having destroyed the empire.
The Kingdom of Benin was a pre-colonial empire that spread through the region, now Nigeria. The Kingdom (not to be confused with the country Benin) was known as one of the most developed states in ancient Africa, trading in bronze, gold, ivory and iron. Documents recording political activity in the Kingdom of Benin go as far back as the 1200s and the city was founded in 1180 BC, according to historical records. Walls surrounded the city and they had a military force to protect its inhabitants. In 1485 Portuguese and British explorers arrived and started stealing and enslaving civilians through the promise of work abroad. Historical documentation shows us how British colonialists had tried to bargain with the king by asking for control of the city. When the king rejected their offer, they burned the city down in which many valuable historical documents and works of art were destroyed. By the 1500s the Kingdom of Benin had fallen and by the 1900s the British Empire had officially conquered the once prosperous region.
The Ashanti Empire dominated East Africa in the 1600s – 1800s. The Empire was under the rule of the Ashanti King Osei Tutu, who had established a parliament, government, legal system and military. Before the 1600s the Ashanti Empire existed as many various states of the Akan people. The empire had an abundance of gold that was used for trading with the other African regions, long before European colonialists had ever stepped foot in the region. Ashanti architecture was breathtaking, with furniture carved from ivory and wood, they had chairs made out of gold and walls were adorned with tribal patterns, mosaic and bright colours. In 1884 the grandest palace in the region was burnt down by the British colonialists after the Anglo-Ashanti war. Many of the beautiful pieces of Ashanti furniture and jewels that were stolen, remain in European museums today. Historical evidence shows us that pre-colonial Africa had multiple empires that existed, trading gold, textiles and spices with each other.
We see how the locals, along with their governmental system and commerce, had built vast cities with unique African architecture. The notion that Europeans “bought civilisation to Africa” is perhaps one of the greatest myths of the century. It is clear that Africa was abundant and wealthy continent with African rulers who governed their kingdoms, which were burnt, destroyed and brought to ruin by the colonial settlers who tried to claim the cities and empires as their own. Africa has a phenomenal pre-colonial history that includes law and academia, something that school textbooks fail to mention. The African furniture and jewellery that we see was created by Africans, having never been inspired by Europeans. However, that never made Africa inferior, in fact it was because Africa was so superior in the abundance of gold, minerals and textiles that the European colonialists sought to destroy and discredit its legacy.
By Chelsea Lotz
1. Writing African History pp. 303 (2007, ed John Edward Philips, art Dr Isaac Olawale Albert)
2. African empires and civilizations: ancient and medieval (1992, by George O Cox)
3. African glory: the story of vanished Negro civilizations pp. 77, (Prof. John Coleman De Graft-Johnson, 1954)
4. Ehret, Christopher (2002). The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800. ISBN 081392085X.
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