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How did the people of anyone British West African territory govern themselves before the advent of colonial rule?

  • The people were governed by customs, rules and
    norms. 
  • The paramount chief was at the apex of the
    administration. 
  • The chiefs and council of elders made laws. 
  • The age grades executed laws. 
  • The traditional rulers and elders exercised
    legislative, executive and judicial functions i.e there
    was no separation of powers. 
  • The chief priests and the secret societies
    performed religious functions and checked arbitrary use
    of power by chiefs 
  • Queen mothers and palace women performed
    important  roles e.g. settling disputes among women, advising
    the chiefs e.t.c. 
  • The
    commoners also performed important roles e.g. manual labour for community development and
    defence
  • Revenue was raised through-tributes and taxes.

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