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Akuapem And Akuropon (I) – Establishing New Spaces

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The Basel Mission established mission stations in two places. One was on the coast; the other was in the hinterland, in the small state of Akuapem. When the Basel Mission resumed its activities in Akuropon, the capital of Akuapem, the situation there was very different, and there was no equivalent of the Christianborg Castle School or the coastal elite. The lives of missionary women and men were supposed to embody and to enact the norms and values which the Basel Mission intended to introduce in Akuapem. This role of missionary women and more specifically of missionary wives formed part of a concept of missionary femininity, in which personal encounters and exchange played a vital role. While the Mission was able to establish new spaces in Akuropon and gradually in other communities in Akuapem, local people began to share them and eventually joined the mission community.

Keywords: Akuapem; Akuropon; Basel Mission; Christianborg



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