Announcing Journal of West African History, Volume V, Issue II: 60th Anniversary of Ghana’s Independence

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Announcing Journal of West African History, Volume V, Issue II: 60th Anniversary of Ghana’s Independence

Founding Editor-in-Chief: Nwando Achebe

Editors: Saheed Aderinto, Trevor Getz, Vincent Hiribarren, and Harry Odamtten

Book Review Editors: Mark Deets and Ndubueze Mbah



The Journal of West African History (JWAH) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed research journal that publishes the highest quality articles on West African history. Located at the cutting edge of new scholarship on the social, cultural, economic, and political history of West Africa, JWAH fills a representational gap by providing a forum for serious scholarship and debate on women and gender, sexuality, slavery, oral history, popular and public culture, and religion. The editorial board encourages authors to explore a wide range of topical, theoretical, methodological, and empirical perspectives in new and exciting ways. The journal is committed to rigorous thinking and analysis; is international in scope; and offers a critical intervention about knowledge production. Scholarly reviews of current books in the field appear in every issue. And the publication is in both English and French; an abstract in both languages will be provided. JWAH is published by Michigan State University Press.


Editor’s Note

Harry Odamtten and Trevor R. Getz, “Sankofa and the Nation-State” 


1. Lacy S. Ferrell, “Building for Students: School Design and Educational Priorities in Colonial Ghana”

2. Jarvis L. Hargrove, “Ashanti Pioneer: Coverage of Growing Political Developments in the Gold Coast, 1946-1949”

3. Carina Ray, “Interracial Intimacies and the Gendered Optics of African Nationalism in the Colonial Metropole”

4. Nana Osei-Opare, “Uneasy Comrades: Postcolonial Statecraft, Race, and Citizenship, Ghana-Soviet Relations, 1957-1966”

5. Edem Adotey, “A Matter of Apostrophe? Founder’s Day, Founders’ Day, and Holiday Politics in Contemporary Ghana”

 Book Reviews

1. Living with Nkrumahism: Nation, State, and Pan-Africanism in Ghana, reviewed by D. Zizwe Poe

2. Guns and Society in Colonial Nigeria: Firearms, Culture, and Public Order, reviewed by Samuel Fury Childs Daly

3. West Africa’s Women of God: Alinesitoue and the Diola Prophetic Tradition, reviewed by Ashley Fent

4. O rei, o pai e a morte: a religião Vodum na antiga Costa dos Escravos na África Ocidental, reviewed by Vanicléia Silva Santos

5. Granny Nanny Come Oh: Jamaican Maroon Kromanti and Kumina Music and Other Oral Traditions, reviewed by Tracey Mia Stewart



The editorial board invites scholars to submit original article-length manuscripts (not exceeding 10,000 words including endnotes, 35 pages in length) accompanied by an abstract that summarizes the argument and significance of the work (not exceeding 150 words). Please see submission guidelines for detailed expectations. Review essays (not exceeding 1,000 words) should engage the interpretation, meaning, or importance of an author’s argument for a wider scholarly audience. See what we have available for review on our Book Reviews page. Please contact our Book Review editors Mark Deets and Ndubueze Mbah for more information.

Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of West African History should be submitted online at In order to submit an article, you will have to create an account. The site will guide you through this process.