African Oral Narratives
Military Intelligence in Apartheid-era South Africa

Interview at Pogaba: A fight between the women of two houses (short transcript)

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Interview at Pogaba: A fight between the women of two houses (full transcript) (February 25, 1997)
Courtesy of Mary Esther Dakubu

Creator: Dakubu, Mary Esther
Akamurgi, Atanga Donatus
Two women, names withheld
Contributing Institutions: Mary Esther Kropp Dakubu; Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana; MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
Biography: Those interviewed were two women, aged approximately 32 and 44, from one of the houses, who had been involved in the quarrel. The younger woman was a daughter of the house, the older one married into it. Neither woman spoke English. The interviews were conducted by Atanga Donatus Akamurgi (male), college student aged 27, from Nayorogo in the Bongo District. The women interviewed were introduced to us by an Anglical priest (Chris) aged 41, who knew them well and also assisted with the interviewing.
Description: In the interview the two women describe a quarrel they had been involved in, when a dispute arose over precedence at the local public water tap. A physical fight developed and the police arrived. The women were taken to the police station and appeared in court. The men of the family eventually bailed them out and settled the case among themselves because they were in the middle of celebrating a funeral and didn't want it interrupted. The women were asked how they felt about not being consulted over the settlement, the details of which they did not know. They felt that they had no choice in the matter.
Date: February 25, 1997
Location: Bolgatanga (Pobaga section), Ghana
Format: Audio/mp3
Language: English
Rights Management: Education use only, no other permissions given.
Digitizer: MATRIX/ M.E. Kroop Dakubu

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