Articles about Africa

Social Organisation Among the Kouya

by Eddie Arthur

In this paper, missionary and anthropogist, Eddie Arthur studies the social organisation of the Kouya people of the Ivory Coast. He studies the family unit, the structure of villages and disctricts and the processes by which they govern themselves. In particular, he looks at how they handle conflict resolution and the significance of face. He also includes two case studies to help illustrate his arguments.

Eddie has agreed to donate his revenue from this article to Wycliffe Bible Translators UK of which he is a director.

Kouya Funerals

by Eddie Arthur

Eddie Arthur is a missionary, anthropologist and director of Wycliffe Bible Translators UK. In this (his favourite) anthropology paper, Eddie looks at how the Kouya people of the Ivory Coast use funerals as one of their few excuses for celebration. He describes the various traditions including how the body is laid out and the parts played by of women, children, music, sorcery, money. Eddie also looks into the implications of funerals on wider Kouya society.

Eddie has agreed to donate his revenue from this article to Wycliffe.

The First Five Weeks

by Eddie Arthur

Eddie Arthur is a missionary, anthropologist and director of Wycliffe Bible Translators UK. In 1988 he moved, together with his wife and young child, to live in the Kouya village of Déma on the Ivory Coast. This is his fascinating diary from the first five weeks of that adventure. In his amusing style, he documents his arrival in the village and first steps towards integration. He paints a colourful picture of the characters he meets, adjusting to the local food, tropical diseases and the psychological impact of settling into a completely different culture.

Eddie has agreed to donate his revenue from this article to Wycliffe.