Background of the Project
Ghana State Book
In 2007 a need was felt to write and document histories of all the traditional states, the religious bodies, tourism sites and centres in the country. Series of research and consultations were done from 2007 to 2011 to examine the viability of the project. The project, which was known as Ghana History Book Project, was formally launched at Agona Swedru, in the Central Region of Ghana on 14th April, 2012. In February 2013, the name of the project was changed from Ghana History Book Project to Ghana State Book Project.
The Project is designed to cover the histories of all the Traditional Areas in Ghana including religious bodies, industries, organizations, and other important areas worth to cover. The Ghana State Book Project is designed to document the histories and the cultural heritage of each traditional political unit in Ghana. The project intends to create books that, as far as possible, capture the histories of towns and villages, royal families and sub-royal families, lines of succession, lineage roots ( “Family Tree”), religious systems, institutions, and the paths of development of the various indigenous political areas of Ghana.
Undertakers and Collaborators
The project is undertaken in collaboration with National House of Chiefs, National Commission on Culture, Ghana Tourism Authority, Bureau of Ghana Languages, Ghana Book Publishers Association, UNESCO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and other supported institutions.
The Objectives of the Project
To Create History Encyclopedia for each Traditional State in Ghana; to join all the pieces of histories together (both written and oral) as one cohesive history with attributes of authenticity.
To document the histories of the royal families in each area to enhance understanding of current and future sources of chieftaincy conflicts, land acquisition disputes, inheritance contestations, etc.
Document lines of succession to help in reducing chieftaincy disputes in Ghana.
To provide the international community easy access to credible information as far as traditional histories are concerned.
To provide educational material on the histories and cultural practices of the traditional areas that could be used in educating Ghanaian youth.
To use this project to educate the younger generation both in Ghana and abroad to know their histories and cultural heritage.
Producing Books that serve as reference materials for Researchers, Students, Educational Institutions, Research organizations and international bodies.