Growing Up Sexually


VAGLA (Ghana



Index AfricaGhana Vagla

(Thsi-Speakers, Tallensi, Akan / Ashanti, Fanti, Kokomba, (S)Isala, Ga, Ewe, Cheperon, Guang, Akwapim, Vagla, Krobo

“Betrothal to a big man (naboma) or a great hunter can involve baby girls as young as three or four. The naboma thus becomes the sponsor of the girl’s growth”. The girl is “declared ready” after the (quite late) first menstruations; then she is “claimed as a wife” or “given” away (Poppi, 1986:p40)[1].











Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. VolumeI. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Sept 2004


[1] Poppi, C. (1986) The Vagla of Northern Ghana: notes towards and ethnography, Cambridge Anthropol 11,2:40-69