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Matrilineal Group in the North of Ghana apart from Ashantis

Being Matrilineal in Ghana is nothing new as almost 56% of Ghanaians are matrilineal, from Central Region with a population of over 1 Million to Western Region with a Population of One Million and Above, Western North Region with almost 350, 000 Population, Ashanti Region with a Population of over 3 Million, Bono Region with a Population of Over 700, 000, Bono East with a Population of at most 560, 000, Ahafo Region with at least 290, 000 people and Eastern Region with over Over one Million people. People who belong to the matrilineal group inherit from their Uncle, a development which has sparked debates lately and was defined as unfair based on the mode of acquisition of assets and properties.

Ethically, its formal for a child to inherit from his or her father, something that is even present in the Bible.

The woman becomes the owner of the children and they bear her name, they also regard their mother's hometown as theirs, this implies that if a woman is married, her husband stays with her in her mothers house, the mother of his wife becomes their godmother. The woman can also date multiple men and it isn't a sin or crime because she becomes the man, son families propose that their daughter gives birth for the family before proceeding to get married because of the stigma attached to the matrilineal system lately.

In Upper West Region, the Birifo Tribe located in Sections of Upper West Region practiced that family system in the 80's and the system still exists in a way within them, more value is attached to Birifo women producing female children than male, bride price is a bit high though, one has to cough up not less than an estimated amount of Ghc20, 000 to be able to marry a Birifo lady, at least 4 Cows, 5 Guinea Fowls, 6 Goats, 400 cowries equivalent to Ghc800 and other items.

Many have proposed that since women become the heads, they should provide for the men rather than expecting men to give them money regularly since men would not be the beneficiaries in the end, others proposed that the treatment patrilineal groups give to their wives should be the way women in matrilineal women treat their husbands, pamper them with money and love, buy them cars not forgetting chop money.

Meanwhile Some Ashanti Men have moved to the North to marry women in order to own their children and take full control of their family because of the patrilineal system practiced by northern women and men.

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Ashanti Region Bono East Ghana Matrilineal Group Western North Region


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