Category Archives: Ghana

Chief in ceremonial dress, Gold Coast, Ghana.

African Chief in ceremonial dress, Gold Coast.

Chief in ceremonial dress, Gold Coast, Ghana.

Chief in ceremonial dress, Gold Coast, Ghana 1930s.

The British colony Gold Coast (“Gold Coast Colony”) in West Africa existed from 1878 to 1958 and was part of British West Africa. In 1957 they gained independence with the British Protectorate British Togoland (formerly part of Togoland) as the Republic of Ghana.

Gallery: The dark continent; Africa, the landscape and the people by Hugo Adolf Bernatzik

Woman of the African Fanti tribe of Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire 1930s

African Fanti tribe of ghana costume.

Fanti woman. Ethnic group of the Akan, Ivory Coast.

Woman of the African Fanti tribe of Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire 1930s.

The Fante belong to the ethnic group of the Akan and live mainly in the Central Region in southern Ghana. The Fante (or Fanti) came in the 15th century with Europeans in contact, as the Portuguese and the Spaniards drove along the coast of West Africa. With them related Aschanti the Fante since the rise of the Ashanti Empire lived in constant fighting, as the Fante with the allied British, the Ashanti restricted the access to the sea and thus to trade with the Europeans. Famous are the so-called asafo-companies of the Fante, a kind of warrior societies today with far-reaching social significance.

Gallery: The dark continent; Africa, the landscape and the people by Hugo Adolf Bernatzik