Researching the Internal African Diaspora in Ghana. Kodzo Gavua. 2008. Cambridge Monograph in African Archaeology 74: 63-70. Oxford: Acheopress.

Contributed by: Kofi Nutor

This article focused on tracing the descendants of people that were displaced internally in various parts of Ghana as a result of slavery and the trans-Atlantic trade. Internal African Diaspora (I.A.D) is explained as “Africans whose forebears were relocated from their homelands to other regions of the continent during the period of the trans-Atlantic trade in enslaved people”. Marking a departure from the concentration of research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and Europe, Gavua combined ethnographic and archaeological research to trace descendants of families in communities in the Asante region of Ghana such as Mampong Nsuta, Juaso and Obogu as well as Abesim in the Bono Ahafo Region to their ancestral homelands in Northern Eweland including Wusuta, Botoku, and Peki. Gavua concludes that ethnic identities are fluid, and called for a halt to discrimination on tribal or ethnic lines since people who speak different languages, have different material culture and social systems could share a common ancestry as revealed by his research.