Legon Journal of the Humanities https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ljh <p>Founded in 1974<em>, Legon Journal of the Humanities (LJH)&nbsp;</em>is a peer-reviewed periodical published by the College of Humanities, University of Ghana.&nbsp;<em>LJH</em>&nbsp;welcomes the following types of contributions in the humanities from scholars in all countries:&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li class="show">research articles&nbsp;</li> <li class="show">reviews of new and particularly noteworthy books and films</li> <li class="show">interviews with distinguished writers, filmmakers, and scholars</li> </ol> <p>The journal is devoted to the study of the humanities, operationally conceptualized to cover not just the arts and languages but also social science disciplines, such as cultural studies, human geography, international affairs, management studies, political science, psychology, and sociology. The journal occasionally publishes theme-based issues, coordinated by guest editors. For such editions, a call for papers (CFP) is announced in a preceding issue of the journal and/or through listserv/mail shots.&nbsp;</p> <p>For all its issues,&nbsp;<em>LJH</em>&nbsp;only publishes original contributions (i.e., papers that have not been published elsewhere) and therefore, disapproves of duplicate publication and multiple submissions of the same paper to different publication outlets.&nbsp; In consonance with best academic practices, it equally takes a very dim view of the illegitimate direct replication of material in the form of plagiarism, including self-plagiarism. The Editorial Board will not only ban authors of plagiarized material from any subsequent association with the journal, but also bring any breach of intellectual property rights to the attention of the contributor’s institution.</p> <p>The language of publication is English. As of Vol. 26,&nbsp;<em>LJH</em>&nbsp;will be published online twice a year as a&nbsp;<em>gratis</em>&nbsp;open access journal.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Legon Journal of the Humanities</strong></em><strong>&nbsp;is indexed in Modern Language Association (MLA) and Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).</strong></p> University of Ghana en-US Legon Journal of the Humanities 0855-1502 <p><strong>Creative Commons License</strong></p><p>Attribution-Noncommercial- Noderivates 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0): The license allows others to “download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially” (Source: https:creativecommons.org/licenses).</p><p><strong>Copyright</strong></p><p>The copyright of all papers published in<em> Legon Journal of the Humanities</em> is vested in the journal. By agreeing to publish the accepted version of the paper in <em>LJH</em>, contributors automatically cede copyright of the manuscript to the journal. This notwithstanding, contributors may use parts of their published articles for non-commercial purposes, e.g., course material, conferences, and academic profile webpage. </p><p><strong>Access and Attribution</strong></p><p>While <em>LJH</em> published papers (new and archived) can be freely downloaded from its website in compliance with its <em>gratis</em> open access policy, hard copies of current and recent issues as well as offprints of specific papers can only be provided on demand.</p><p>Citation of a paper from <em>LJH</em> should include name of quoted author, journal title, volume, number, title of paper, page, year of publication, and Digital Object Identifier (DOI)/Uniform Resource Locator(URL). </p> Exhuming and highlighting the nearly forgotten Gold Coast intelligentsia: The life and times of Prince Kwamin Atta Amonoo V https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ljh/article/view/213563 <p>The name K. A. Amonoo sits in the Roll of Honour in the entrance hall of Queen’s College, Taunton, Somerset, England together with the names of other former pupils who served in the First World War. In recent times, focus on K. A. Amonoo has been on his palatial residence, which he built in Anomabo, a coastal town in Ghana, in colonial Gold Coast, as Micots (2015 and 2017) have sought to emphasize in terms of the architectural design of his residence. Therefore, what this paper seeks to do is to bring to light a historically significant narrative of who Amonoo was, as a case study to examine and foreground the contributions of some of the nearly forgotten African intelligentsia of coastal Ghana. Through close analysis, the paper also places a central gaze on his activism within colonial Gold Coast and Calabar in colonial Nigeria as subtle moves to counter the growing authority of the British administration. Utilizing a set of key biographical prompts, the paper reflects on thematic issues such as class and status, modernity, and resistance to British colonial hegemony. </p> James Gibbs Copyright (c) 2021-08-27 2021-08-27 32 1 1 26 10.4314/ljh.v32i1.1 Deconstructing the terrible gift of postcolonial African lives: An intertextual reading of Martin Egblewogbe’s Mr. Happy and the Hammer of God & Other Stories. https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ljh/article/view/213564 <p>This paper situates Martin Egblewogbe’s short story collection Mr. Happy and the Hammer of God &amp; Other Stories (2008) within intertextual discourses as they relate to the tri-generational canon of Ghanaian, and by extension, African literature. It argues against the easy temptation of reading the work via uncontextualized metaphysical or existentialist paradigms, or what Wole Soyinka (1976) refers to as the undifferentiated mono-lenses of “universal humanoid abstractions,” and instead situates it within the Ghanaian tradition by pointing out the collection’s filiation to the specific trope of madness-as-a subversive-performance-of-resilience against the oppressive socio-political status quo in that tradition. The paper excavates the works of first generation postcolonial Ghanaian authors such as Armah, Awoonor and Aidoo, and reads Egblewogbe’s relatively recent debut oeuvre against them in a grounded epistemic manoeuvre that fractures assumptions about the work’s uniqueness and places it in on-going trans-generational dialogic exchanges about how to negotiate the fractious crucible that is postcolonial Ghanaian experience.</p> Prince Kwame Adika Copyright (c) 2021-08-27 2021-08-27 32 1 27 48 10.4314/ljh.v32i1.2 Anxiety in adult foreign language learning: The case of Ghanaian undergraduate students of Spanish https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ljh/article/view/213565 <p>This study investigates students’ anxiety levels through the administration of the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS) among Spanish learners at a Ghanaian University. The differences according to level of instruction, the association between classroom anxiety and performance, as well as the possible relationship between language immersion and anxiety are also analysed using descriptive statistics, and Pearson’s Moment Correlation Coefficient. The findings indicate that the majority of student participants experienced foreign language classroom anxiety. Nonetheless, contrary to previous research findings, anxiety was not found to decrease systematically as proficiency increased. Additionally, as confirmed by previous studies, the result of the Pearson correlation analysis showed that students’ overall Spanish classroom anxiety and their classroom achievement had a negative association.</p> Benedicta Adokarley Lomotey Copyright (c) 2021-08-27 2021-08-27 32 1 49 81 10.4314/ljh.v32i1.3 The spirit of empowerment: A study of Acts 3:1-10 https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ljh/article/view/213566 <p>The words of Peter and the stretch of his right hand empowered the cripple to become like “the others.” Within a society are people who need a little push to be themselves. There are also people in the society who can empower others but either they are not conscious of it or just do not want to help. A piece of advice, a smile, a touch, an amount of money, education, and food, in a selfless effort or in a sacrifice, are some of the numerous ways of empowering people to do what they think is impossible. Exegetical analysis of Acts 3:1-10 demonstrated how Peter and John healed the cripple, restored his human dignity, and empowered him from begging. This paper contributes to the discussion on cultural attitudes towards empowerment. </p> Alexander Salakpi Copyright (c) 2021-08-27 2021-08-27 32 1 82 102 10.4314/ljh.v32i1.4 The “Galamsey” Menace: Implications on the Archaeological Record at Awudua Dada, Western Region, Ghana https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ljh/article/view/213567 <p>This article discusses the socio-cultural consequences of small-scale artisanal gold mining on the archaeological record and other heritage resources at Awudua Dada, located in the Prestia-Huni Valley District of the Western Region, Ghana. The settlement witnessed vibrant commercial exchanges between Wassa and Dutch traders in the mid-seventeenth century because of its abundant gold resources, much of which was exchanged for novel European trade goods such as varieties of alcoholic beverages, guns, gunpowder, and finished metal products among many others. Currently abandoned and desolate, groups of small-scale artisanal gold miners continue to prospect gold there, and along the banks and bed of the Ankobra River which lies close-by. Archaeological, historical, and ethno historical research constituted the principal methods used to derive data for the study which revealed that mining had not only negatively impacted the archaeological record and other cultural resources there but had also caused significant environmental degradation. </p> Fritz Biveridge Copyright (c) 2021-08-27 2021-08-27 32 1 103 133 10.4314/ljh.v32i1.5 BOOK REVIEW https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ljh/article/view/213568 <p>Alastair Niven, In Glad or Sorry Hours, London: Starhaven, 2021, 0-936315-482, 256 pp.</p> James Gibbs Copyright (c) 2021-08-27 2021-08-27 32 1 134 142 10.4314/ljh.v32i1.6