Oral Histories

Several researchers have recorded the oral traditions of the Banda chieftaincy and the histories of individual Banda families over the years. These are reproduced here in digital form.

Tradition of Banda (Ameyaw, 1965)

About: In 1965, Kwabena Ameyaw of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana visited Banda and interviewed Nana Kofi Dwuru (II) and elders. A narrative version of Banda chieftaincy history appeared in his “Traditions from Brong-Ahafo” a copy of which is housed at the Institute of African Studies Library at the University of Ghana. A typescript of the “Tradition of Banda” is available at the above link.

To cite: Ameyaw, Kwabena. 1965. Tradition of Banda. In, Traditions from Brong-Ahafo, nos. 1-4. No. 1, pp. 1-15. Institute of African Studies. University of Ghana, Legon.

Oral Traditions of Banda (Owusuh, 1976)

About: E. S. K. Owusuh collected oral histories of a number of communities in the Brong-Ahafo Region. In Banda he interviewed Nana Kofi Dwuru (II) and his elders. Owusuh’s “Oral Traditions of Sampi, Hani, Debibi, Namasa, Banda, Broahane and Mengye (Menji)–Brong Ahafo” is presented in the form of interview questions and responses. A print copy is available at the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies Library and at four universities worldwide. The sections relevant to Banda can be found at the above link.

To cite: Owusuh, E. S. K. 1976. Traditions of Banda. In, Oral Traditions of Sampa, Hani, Debibi, Namasa, Banda, Broahane and Mengye (Menji)–Brong Ahafo. Pp. 99-127. Institute of African Studies. University of Ghana, Legon.

Family Histories from the Banda Traditional Area (Stahl & Anane 1989)

About: In 1986, Dr. Ann B. Stahl, State University of New York at Binghamton and James Anane, Nafaanra Literacy Project, recorded oral histories of 30 Banda area families (katoos). These were collated into a brochure that was circulated in the area in 1989. The brochure was reissued in 2011 with pictures and the histories of 3 additional families. The revised brochure can be accessed at the link above. Histories of individual families and color images of photos where available can be accessed by entering the family name or town/village name in the search box on this page or clicking on the specific family link below.

To cite: Stahl, Ann, and James Anane. 2011. Family Histories from the Banda Traditional Area, Brong-Ahafo Region, 1986. Brochure circulated 1989, reissued with photos and additional histories in 2011.

Town/Village Family
Banda-Ahenkro Boadum Katoo
     ”            “ Gyase Family
     ”            “ Habaa Katoo
     ”            “ Hakalo Katoo
     ”            “ Hanyaw Jagbini Katoo
     ”            “ Kafɔnɔ Katoo
     ”            “ Kenya Katoo
     ”            “ Kofi Krɛma Katoo
     ”            “ Loobia Katoo
     ”            “ Nyawaa Katoo
     ”            “ Pejomako Katoo
     ”            “ Pɛmbɔ Amo Katoo
     ”            “ Shiofi Katoo
     ”            “ Sie Gboŋmbo Katoo
     ”            “ Sie Kofi Kanyanko Katoo
     ”            “ Sie Kwabena Manje Katoo
     ”            “ Sie Lɔngɔ  Katoo
     ”            “ Sienyono Donkor Katoo
     ”            “ Wlolɔngɔ Katoo
     ”            “ Yaw Dabla Katoo
Bofie Gape Katoo
Dumboli Pɛdu Sinɔ Katoo
Dumpofie Kuulo Katoo
Fawoman Falong Katoo
Gbau Chokoe Katoo
    “ Gbɛɛnlɛɛ Katoo
Kabruno Kabruno History
Makala Gbaha Katoo
Samwa Gangoolo Katoo
     “ Gbaŋmbɛ Katoo
Sabiye Gbla Wolo Katoo
    “ Tapanwolo Katoo
Sase Chorigbɔɔnɔ House