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Kwahu Tafo is a small town of approximately 7,500 people living and farming in on the scenically dramatic Kwahu plateau in the Eastern Region of Ghana.  There are several towns in Ghana called Tafo, and this one being in Kwahu is prefixed by that name.

‘Kwahu’ (pronounced somewhere between ‘kway-oo’ and ‘kwah-oo’) identifies both the people and the area, and ‘Tafo’ originally meant ‘good hunting ground’. Today the indigenous population of this ancient settlement conducts an impoverished existence as subsistence famers in a landscape which has suffered from deforestation, climate change, and the creation of the nearby Volta Lake in the 1960s.

Kwahu Tafo is a town of historically high ranking in the Kwahu hierarchy, and stands at the foot of the area’s towering sacred rock Bruku.


It is customarily governed by a Chief and Elders, who have been ‘enstooled’ in accordance with the tenets of Traditional Faith. The Elders (male and female) are sub-Chiefs, each one coming from a different locally royal family dynastically responsible for a ceremonial or pastoral portfolio such as Weapons, Drums, Regalia, Youth etc. They formally report to the Chief at his Palace, attend him on formal occasions, and function alongside the democratically elected District Assembly and MPs.


Kwahu Tafo has also, perhaps uniquely, created a volunteer body called Kwahu Tafo Progress Council, to harness the talents and energies of men and women who are neither born to the Palace nor choose to seek election but wish to volunteer their help to improve the lot of their fellow citizens. This responsible and accountable body, meeting monthly, managing all development projects, and subjecting its accounts to annual audit, is the key to Kwahu Tafo’s appeal to international donors. Its benefactors have found themselves inspired by the microcosmic variety of the town’s opportunities, and the results have caused a ripple of effects in the surrounding area that have given the community a new and energising confidence.

For illustrations of life and culture in Kwahu Tafo, you can order photographer Robert Taylor’s beautiful ‘Impressions of Tafo’ here. You may also like to visit the website of the Dutch anthropologist Sjaak van der Geest