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International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
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Representations Of Ghanaian Tradition In Sutherland’s The Marriage Of Anansewaa And Fiawoo’s The Fifth Landing Stage

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Annin Felicia, Abrefa Amma Adoma



Key words: Tradition, culture, Mboguo, appellation, patriarchy,



ABSTRACT: Culture identifies people in a society, and a society without culture lacks focus and direction in the upbringing and nurturing of its youth. This paper seeks to explore Ghanaian tradition in two drama texts: The Marriage of Anansewaa and The Fifth Landing Stage written by Efua Sutherland and Kwesi Fiawoo respectively. It will juxtapose Ghanaian perspective of African culture as presented in the plays. The playwrights couch their languages beautifully so as to present the tradition of Ghana to the admiration of the outside world. Aspects of culture to be discussed include: traditional marriage, patriarchal system, storytelling/songs, funerals, puberty rites, chieftaincy, etc and their relevance in modern Ghana. It will conclude by discussing the influence of foreign cultures on Ghanaians and the way forward.



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