The History and Philosophies of Asafo, The Akan (FANTES) Perspective

Emmanuel Abban


This is one of the on-going discussions of the Asafo, companies found amongst the Fantes in Ghana. It is an episode that is targeted in bringing out holistic understanding of the philosophy of the Asafo Company.

This study employed the descriptive method through which enquiry-discovery and unstructured oral interview techniques was used to unveil some historical beliefs and the way they perceive and do things on their own in the Asafo groups.

The study also elaborates on some of the sacrifices done on their instruments of which the members of the Asafo groups do not just see it as instruments but gods that guide them in their various manoeuvres amidst their songs.

Most of the philosophies are orally transmitted from one generation to another, making them loose most vital information’s as its been transmitted. It has therefore become important to document for future referencing.

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