Registered Charity No: 1096242

Kwahu Tafo is a community of approximately 7,500 people living and farming in Ghana’s Eastern Region on the scenically dramatic plateau of Kwahu, which rises steeply above the town of Nkawkaw. Nkawkaw is a thriving market town situated some 150 km north of the capital Accra on the road to Kumasi.

‘Kwahu’ (pronounced somewhere between ‘kway-oo’ and ‘kwah-oo’) identifies the people and the area, and ‘Tafo’ originally meant ‘good hunting ground’. Today the indigenous population largely conducts an impoverished existence as subsistence farmers 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 Click here



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