Ghana is often seen as peaceful, but is faced with many chieftaincy conflicts that result mainly from succession to the throne (skin or stool) for traditional political power. Ghana has more than 230 chieftaincy disputes dotted across many parts of the country. However, the Bulsa Traditional Area (Buluk) of Ghana has had a stable and resilient chieftaincy succession despite conflicts arising out of the selection of chiefs. In the selection of chiefs, the adoption of a voting system is said to lead to consensus based decision-making which is largely responsible for the non-violent nature of the Buluk chieftaincy succession as compared to other areas in Ghana. Using a qualitative methodology, this case study examined in detail the chieftaincy succession system in the Bulsa Traditional area of Ghana, both conflict and consensus, and how this has helped over the years to maintain peace and avoid violence. The paper also examines whether this case could be a model for chieftaincy succession in Ghana.
Chieftaincy conflicts, Ghana, Bulsa Traditional Area, peace and consensus
Bukari, Kaderi Noagah
"A Concomitant of Conflict and Consensus: Case of a Chieftaincy Succession in Ghana,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 23
, Article 5.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol23/iss1/5