Kwame Labi: The Evolution and Innovations in Fante asafo posuban


The Akan have had a tradition of borrowing art from other cultures, innovating it, and incorporating it in their artistic heritage. The Fante asafo posuban is unique in its design and iconography among the arts of the Akan of southern Ghana. While it demonstrates its distinctness, there are strong elements of a mixture of foreign architectural elements and Fante culture represented through various subjects and subject matter on and around it. How did these monuments acquire such uniqueness not found anywhere else among the Akan? This article sets out to investigate the origins and development of the Fante asafo posuban and its sources of influence.

[Ghana, Akan, asafo posuban, siw, iconography, forts]