What is BULUK?

BULUK is a journal specialising in the culture, society and political life of the Bulsa, intended for publication once a year. Until now seven numbers have been issued, the first in 1999. The English meaning of Buluk is "land of the Bulsa".

Who are the Bulsa?

The Bulsa (also Builsa; pronunciation: ['bulsa]) are an ethnic group in Northern Ghana (Bulsa District) consisting of about 100,000 members. The capital of Bulsa North District is Sandema, of Bulsa South District Fumbisi; other villages / towns of note are Wiaga, Fumbisi, Kanjaga, Gbedema, Siniensi, Kadema and Chuchuliga.

Who are the editors of BULUK?

There are two editors; Ghanatta Ayaric, himself a member of the Bulsa (from Gbedema), is at present a teacher at a German secondary school in Hamburg.

Dr. Franz Kröger, a retired teacher and anthropologist, works in a freelance capacity for the Institute of Ethnology (University of Münster, Germany) and specialises in Bulsa (and Koma) culture (religion, language, history, material culture, social structure etc.).

Aims of BULUK and its target groups

It is not the intention of the two editors to publish a purely scientific journal. Issues to date contain opinions of members of the Bulsa in Ghana or abroad; important events that have happened in the Bulsa area since the appearance of the last edition; poems and stories of Bulsa authors or about Bulsa subjects; interviews with Bulsa in the diaspora and in Ghana; papers on Bulsa history, traditional religion, crafts, modern development projects, latest news, books and papers on the Bulsa etc. As BULUK is the only journal with such a program, its target group is very large: literate Bulsa in the Bulsa District or other parts of the world, anthropologists, tourists, and all people who feel to be friends of the Bulsa people or want to know more about their culture and topical events in the Bulsa District.

Notes for Contributors

All copies should be sent either to Ghanatta Ayaric (Isestr. 32, - D20144 Hamburg, Germany) or Dr. Franz Kröger (Benninghauser Heide 54, - D59556 Lippstadt (Germany)). The text should be written in a readable handwriting or (better) as a typescript. The text may also be sent on a computer cassette or as an attachment to an e-mail. Authors of long articles are requested to add (if possible) their portrait photo (e.g. passport-size) and, should the occasion arise, photos and drawings illustrating the articles. On the average the articles should not exceed three pages. Shorter articles, small notes, letters to the editors etc. are welcome. Authors' royalties or compensations for expenses (paper, photocopies etc.) cannot be paid.  - The responsibility for the articles rests entirely with the authors.