A 1965 collection of oral histories by University of Ghana, Institute of African Studies researcher Kwabena Ameyaw, who visited several locations in Brong-Ahafo: Banda; Hani and Nsawkaw; Nwase-Branam; and Wenchi. The collection Includes "Tradition of Banda" (pp. 1-15) and "Tradition of Bue" (Bui; pp. 16-18). "Tradition of Banda" was based on a 20 Nov. 1965 interview with Nana Kofi Dwuru, Omanhene; Opanin Kofi Gyatto; Odikro Kwadwo Donko; Imam Braima; and Tahiru Banda. To cite: Ameyaw, Kwabena. 1965. Tradition of Banda. In, Traditions from Brong-Ahafo, nos. 1-4. No. 1, pp. 1-15. Institute of African Studies. University of Ghana, Legon. 77 pages.
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Early in the period of colonial rule, the Gold Coast Colonial Government worked to reshape life in villages and towns by imposing rules governing the layout of towns, the location of town amenities (water sources, toilets) and even in some cases the layout of houses. While these “Regulations of Towns and Villages” were not always followed, this Gold Coast Government document provides insight into the aims of colonial administrators. The document outlines measures to control mosquitoes and requirements to dig pit latrines. It further provides guidance to colonial officials on how to "lay out" new villages as part of a broader "sanitation" scheme. To cite: Ghana National Archives, Kumasi, Reference 483 3633 2919. "Rules with Respect to the Regulation of Towns and Villages under Section 27 of the Ashanti Administration Ordinance, 1902." Government Press, Accra, 1911. 8 pages.
Historians of Asante contributed their research findings to a scholarly archive known as “The Asante Collective Biography Project.” In 1979 historian Larry Yarak, whose work focused on Elmina, shared information on “Dating Asantehene Osei Kwado’s Campaign against the Banna” based on Dutch records. The campaign occurred in the dry season of 1773-74 and resulted in many war captives being traded to the Dutch at Elmina as described in this document. To cite: Yarak, Larry. 1979. Dating Asantehene Osei Kwadwo’s Campaign against the Banna. Asantesɛm 10 (January 1979):58. 2 pages.
Based on interviews conducted in 1986, "Family Histories from the Banda Traditional Area, Brong-Ahafo," was originally circulated in 1989 and reissued in 2011. The 1989 brochure included oral histories of 30 Banda area families. The histories of three additional families and photos were added to the 2011 brochure. The individual family histories and associated photos (where available) are also posted as separate documents in the Banda Through Time Repository. To access, search by house (katoo) name. To cite this work: Stahl, Ann, and James Anane. 2011. "Family Histories from the Banda Traditional Area, Brong-Ahafo Region, 1986." Brochure circulated 1989, reissued with photos and additional histories in 2011. 49 pages.