A Spitcerow Analysis of the Nadowli Chieftaincy Conundrum in the Upper West Region of Ghana

Linus D. Nangwele


This paper provides an analysis of the Nadowli chieftaincy conundrum using the SPITCEROW model. Using a qualitative case study, the study draws data from the chiefs, elders, community leaders and Tendaaba of Nadowli to understand the conflict and why it has remained unresolved. The analysis reveals that the conflict is non-violent. The conflict which is over twenty years old has changed from an initial struggle over the rightful traditional kingmakers of Nadowli into a succession dispute. The use of the law courts has been the main tactic employed by parties in the conflict. The resort to the law courts as a resolution tactic has rather contributed to prolonging the lifespan of the conflict. It is recommended that rather being stuck in court, stakeholders may wish to revert to the native mechanisms of resolving disputes in Nadowli.

Keywords: Spitcerow, Analysis, Nadowli, Chieftaincy, Conundrum, Upper West, Ghana

DOI: 10.7176/JAAS/81-04

Publication date: January 31st 2023

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