Speaking for the Chief

Okyeame and the Politics of Akan Royal Oratory

by Kwesi Yankah

Published by: Indiana University Press

6.10 x 9.20 x 0.00 in, 23 b&w photos

  • eBook
  • 9780253112668
  • Published: June 1995


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" . . . offers readers profound insights and useful information on the power of the word in African societies . . . " —Research in African Literatures

"I would recommend Speaking for the Chief not only to students of West African culture, by whom it should be greatly welcomed, but also to anyone intersted in issues surrounding specific genres of discourse in relation to cultural organization." —Journal of American Folklore

"Drawing on the interdisciplinary modes of sociolinguistics, political anthropology, and the ethnography of speech, Yankah allows the reader to hear a little-known and even less studied 'voice' integral to Akan chiefly power. This book deserves the serious attention of Akan and Africanist scholars alike." —Choice

" . . . an unprecedented opportunity to understand West African oratory from the point of view of a native Akan speaker who is also a gifted linguist and ethnographer. . . . [Yankah] shows with elegance the connections between verbal strategies and the cultural organization of West African social systems." —Alessandro Duranti

"This study is clearly important in ethnographic terms. . . But it equally throws new light on more general aspects of verbal and political processes. . . . will stimulate both specialists and students far beyond the confines of its specific ethnographic setting." —American Anthropologist

". . . an immensely valuable book which deserves a wide and appreciative readership." —Journal of African History