The Akans, also known as Ashanti, Kwahu, Akwapim, Wassa, Akyem, Ahanta, and Nzema, are a West African ethnic group that live in Ghana’s forest region. The Akwamu, Aowin, Brong, Sefwi, Denkyira, and Dwira are the others.
The Akans have a matrilineal family structure. Married women in matrilineal communities prefer to live with their mothers because conjugal bonds are less significant than matrilineal membership. The children and their mothers are often regarded as “outsiders” by the husband’s matrilineage, as is the husband by the woman’s matriclan.
Matrilineal family relations can affect the stability of the marital unit through three different mechanisms. First, married couples seldom pool their wealth to benefit the marital family unit in the matrilineal family system Akan: The Untold Story.
It is evident from the preceding discussion that matrilineal kin groups have poorer consummation relations, which undermines the conjugal unit’s unity. The degree of autonomy that matrilineal women derive from nonconjugal family members (extended kin) will influence their marital decisions, among other things.
Nonetheless, many fathers’ levels of obligation were influenced by the matrilineal family structure because they believed that their children belonged to their mother’s heritage and that their success was due to their mother’s lineage.
Because of the same family relations, most fathers changed their obligation from their nuclear family to caring for their nephews and nieces. Since the wife and children are seen as outsiders, this mentality has had a significant impact on many children. This form of the family structure affected marital harmony and inter-ethnic group marriage.
The untold story of Ghana’s Akans matrilineal family structure is family unity and close conjugal bonds.