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Mamprusi people

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Mamprusi people
ethnic group
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Mamprusis be ethnic group for northern Ghana insyd. Estimate dey claim say der be about 200,000 Mamprusis wey dey live for de Northern Regions of Ghana for 2013.[1] Dem dey speak Mampruli, wey be one of de Gur language for Ghana insyd, de Mamprusis dey live for Nalerigu, Gambaga, Langbemsi, Zanghum, Walewale, Kpasenkpe, Duu, Wulugu, Nabari, Sariba, Karimenga den dema surrounding towns den villages insyd for de North East Region insyd. Dema origin dey de Upper East Region, principally, Bawku, wey dem san so dey inhabit parts of de Upper West Region, too. Dem dey chop Tuozafi as dema local food more tyms.

History[edit | edit source]

De Mamprugu Kingdom be de oldest kingdom, e dey pre date all odas by centuries, for de territory wey dem go bell am De Gold Coast afterwards, den subsequently, Ghana. De Great Naa Gbanwah/Gbewah[2] found de kingdom around de 13th century for Pusiga, village 14 kilometres from Bawku, dat be why Mamprusis dey Bawku dema ancestral home. Naa Gbanwaah ein tomb dey Pusiga insyd.

De kingdom dey span most of de North East, Northern, Upper East den de Upper West Regions for Ghana, portions for Northern Togo, den into Burkina Faso. As consequence, de Mossi King, Moronaba, for Burkina Faso, dey cam dis day, symbolically, de Nayiri dey enskinn am – de Mamprugu king. Thus, dem dey establish dis kingdom as de preeminent of ein kind. De kingdom for present-day Ghana insyd ein per wey ein relevance den authority dey cut across national boundaries for ein weight top for ein humble supremacy.[3]

De kingdom name be Mamprugu, de ethnicity be Mamprusi, den de language be Mampruli. Succession cam skin be hereditary. Male direct descendants of Naa Gbanwaah per be eligible.[4]

De Mamprusi monarchy traces stories dey trace ein origin to great warrior wey dem dey bell am Tohazie. Tohazie, dey mean de Red Hunter. Na dem dey bell am Red Hunter by ein people sake of he be fair in complexion. Tohazie ein grandson Naa Gbanwaah settle for Pusiga insyd wey he establish Mamprugu.[5]

Mamprusi be de eldest for de Mõõre-Gurma (Mole—Dagbamba) ethnic group: Mamprusi, Dagomba, Nanumba, den Moshie.[6]

Rulers[edit | edit source]

List of dema leaders[7]
Tenure Nayiiri (Mampurugu Naa) (Rulers)
1450 Unknown
1688 to 1742 Atabia Zontuua
1742 to 1750 Yamusa Jeringa
17?? to 17?? Mahaman Kurugu
17?? to 17?? Sulimani Apisi
17?? to 17?? Haruna Bono
17?? to 17?? Andani Yahaya
17?? to 1790 Mahama Kuluguba
1790 to 1830 Salifu Saatankugri
1830 to 1833 Abdurahamani Dambono,
(Dahmani Gyambongo)
1833 to 1850 Dawura Nyongo
1850 to 1864 Azabu Pagri
1864 to 1901 Yamusa Barga
1902 to 1905 Sulimanu Sigri
1906 to 1909 Ziniya Zore Abduru
1909 to 1915 Mahama Wubuga
1915 to 1933 Mahama Waafu
1934 to 1943 Badimsuguru Zulim
1943 to 1943 Salifu Salemu
1943 to 1947 Abudu Soro Kobulga
1947 to 1966 Abdulai Sheriga
1967 to 1985 Adam Badimsuguru Bongu
1986 to 1987 Sulemana Salifu Saa
1987 to 9 June 2003 Gamni Mohamadu Abdulai
27 January 2004 cam present Bohagu Abdulai Mahami

Culture[edit | edit source]

Chaw of de Mamprusi people be adherents of de Islamic Faith. De Mamprusi start dey convert cam Islam for de 17th century sake of de Dyula merchants dema influence.[8]

Traditional occupations for de Mamprusi dey include farming den raising livestock.[9]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Diagram Group, ed. (26 November 2013). Encyclopedia of African Peoples. Routledge. p. 590. ISBN 9781135963415.
  2. Claessen, H. J. M.; Skalník, Peter (1981). The Study of the State. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9789027933485.
  3. Iliasu, A. A. (1975). "The Establishment of British Administration in Mamprugu, 1898-1937". Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana. 16 (1): 1–28. ISSN 0855-3246.
  4. "Mamprusi people: Ghana's ancient people in the north". GhanaWeb. 19 July 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2024.
  5. Ghana, News (19 July 2020). "Mamprusi people: Ghana's ancient people in the north | News Ghana". newsghana.com.gh/. Retrieved 28 February 2024.
  6. "Yennega pedagogical unit 2 | Women". en.unesco.org. Retrieved 28 February 2024.
  7. Davis, David C. "'Then the White Man Came with His Whitish Ideas...': The British and the Evolution of Traditional Government in Mampurugu." The International Journal of African Historical Studies, vol. 20, no. 4, 1987, pp. 632. JSTOR|219655. Accessed 31 July 2021.
  8. Lewis, I. M. (2017). Islam in Tropical Africa. Taylor & Francis. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-138-23275-4.
  9. Yakan, Mohamad (2017). Almanac of African Peoples and Nations. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-351-28930-6.

You fi read further[edit | edit source]

  • Plissart, Xavier (1983). "Mamprusi Proverbs". Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale Annales. 8 (111).
  • Drucker-Brown, Susan (1993). "Mamprusi Witchcraft, Subversion and Changing Gender Relations". Africa: Journal of the International African Institute. 63 (4): 531–549. doi:10.2307/1161005. JSTOR 1161005. S2CID 145493870.
  • Drucker-Brown, Susan (December 1982). "Joking at Death: The Mamprusi Grandparent-Grandchild Joking Relationship". Man. 17 (4): 714–727. doi:10.2307/2802042. JSTOR 2802042.
  • Drucker-Brown, Susan (March 1992). "Horse, Dog, and Donkey: The Making of a Mamprusi King". Man. 21 (1): 71–90. doi:10.2307/2803595. JSTOR 2803595.

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