In an exclusive interview, former President John Agyekum Kuffuor explained why all of his siblings used their mother’s name despite the fact that their mother married four separate men.
According to him, a child is believed to be related to the mother by blood and related to the father by spirit in the Akan scheme of inheritance. As a result, the father is the stranger among the family.
The kids, on the other hand, is related to his uncle by blood because the uncle is the mother’s brother. Your mother’s brothers are all your uncles, and her sisters are all your mothers. The children in a marriage belong to the woman.
He went on to say that when a parent divorces, the children obey their mother rather than their father because the woman’s brothers are there to look after the children. There is undoubtedly that uncle at home, the woman’s brother, who will take care of the woman’s baby.
One unique feature of the Akan family structure is that there is no such thing as a cousin. Since you are related to your uncle and they are related to their mother by blood, the children of your uncle (your mother’s brothers) are your children.
Since their mother is your mother, the children of your mother’s sister are your siblings. Furthermore, your auntie’s son is your father because he is a blood relative of your father (technically, your father’s brother does not have children because his children are linked to their mother).
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