SAMUEL NTEWUSU - RESEARCH FELLOW
Samuel Aniegye Ntewusu holds a Phd in History from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands and an Mphil in African Studies from the University of Ghana. Since August 2011 Ntewusu, has worked as Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. He teaches the following courses; Chieftaincy and Development in Africa (undergraduate course). He also in collaboration with other lecturers handles the following post-graduate courses: The Slave Trade and Africa, African Historiography and Colonial Rule and African Responses.
- The Skin Histories of Mamprusi, Gonja and Nanumba of Ghana, April- June 2001
- Skin Histories of Dagomba, 2003
- The Guinea Corn Festival of Ghana, 2003
- The Kowa and Yam Festival of Ghana, August 2002
- Islam and Festivals in Ghana, December 2002
- The Okule Cult and Women Empowerment in Ghana
- Migration in Ghana and its impact on development in Northern Ghana
- The festivals of Kotokoli Migrants in Accra
- Research into Domestic Slavery in Northern Ghana, July 2000
- Research into the Circulation of small arms in Ghana UNDP project, June 2003
- Leadership and Conflicts in Northern Ghana (An archive based research at the Tamale Archives, March 2005
- Colonial Rule in Northern Ghana, 1900-1957 ( Public Records Office, Kew Gardens, London 25th May-7th June 2005)
- Rural Energy in Northern Ghana, June 2006.
- Environmental health implications on fuel wood use in Madina Zongo, Accra, September 2006.
- A study of Endangered languages in the Gonja Traditional Area ( Mpre, Ntrapo and Alande) in Northern Ghana, 11th February to 23rd February 2007
- Interpreter and Research Assistant to Security Needs Assessment Protocol (SNAP), of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research. Pre-test in Yendi and Tamale, Northern Ghana, 23rd May to 1st June 2007. Sponsored by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research.
- Urban Transcripts: Research into Urbanisation, Entertainment and Leisure in Accra, Ghana, July-August 2009. Under the auspices of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, University of Toronto, Canada.
- Research into the social and economic conditions in the Gnani witch camp in Yendi with students from Calvin College, Grand Rapids Michigan, Nov 8-10 2010
- Doctoral Research into the contribution of Northerners to the Development of Accra 2007-2011.
- Research into the Fiok festival of the Bulsa of Ghana, December, 2011.
- Field work with Luther College students and Professors on the Legacy of Slavery and Slave trade in Ghana January-February, 2012
- The Adosa Festival of the Kotokoli of Ghana and Togo (45 minutes documentary)
- The Guinea Corn Festival of the Nawuris of Ghana (60 minutes documentary)
- Celebrating Idel-Ul-Adha in Accra (45 minutes Documentary)
SUMMARY OF CURRENT RESEARCH
URBANISATION AND TRANSPORT IN GHANA
This project utilises historical methods to trace urbanisation and evolution of transport systems in some of the cities and towns in Ghana.
CULTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN GHANA
This research is basically carried out among the Guans of Northern Ghana. In particular it documents the historical legacies of female cults, such as the Okule of the Nawuri and how through cults biodiversity was and still is preserved.
GONJA AND GOLD: A HISTORICAL STUDY OF GOLD MINNING IN NORTHERN GHANA
This research investigates the historical evolution of gold mining in Bole, Northern Region. It discusses the various forms of mining and the use of gold from pre-colonial to recent times. The central argument of this research is that even though gold is currently been sought for its monetary value in the pre-colonial era gold was sought after for religious and political reasons. Gold was part of the religious rituals of the Gonja and was much needed for the performance of the Hajj. It was used as an incentive for territorial expansion as many smaller ethnic groups will like to associate themselves with gold bearing territories.
This project documents the contribution, achievements and failures of prominent people in Ghana. The research covers individuals such as Mohamed Ibn Chambas, E.K. Gbedemah, Tolon- Na Yakubu Tali, J.K.Mbimadong, Major (Rtd) Sulemana.
This research interrogates the legacies of German colonialism in Ghana. The emphasis is on the activities of Germans in Kete-Krachi, Kpandai, Bimbilla, Yendi and Bawku and how German colonialisms (re)configured socio-economic and political lives in the areas mentioned above. Finally the research investigates how the departure of Germans after the First World War affected Chieftaincy and how German documents and cultural artefacts and documents are utilised in times of war and peace in Kete-Krachi, Kpandai and Yendi.
DRUGS AND DRUG ABUSE IN GHANA
This project interrogates the use of drugs such as cocaine, marijuana and datura spp (devils trumpet, bunkuma) in Ghana. Particular interest in this research is the historical evolution of datura, especially its evolution as a drug fed to horses to humans.
The team leader for this research is Prof. Emmanuel Akyeampong of Havard University, USA. The research is concerned about the involvement of Chinese in trade, construction and mining in Ghana and how these activities impact on lives in Ghana.