Articles by Shamuddeen

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THE BISSA PEOPLE

Bissa, Bisan, Bissanno, is a Mande ethnic group of south-central Burkina Faso, northeastern Ghana, the northernmost tip of Togo and northern Benin. Bissa is said to be one of the

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THE KONKOMBA PEOPLE OF GHANA

The Konkomba natively refer to themselves as Bikpakpaam and to their language as Likpakpaln. The Konkomba live in what is previously considered as the Northern Togoland in both French and British Mandated territory, about the banks of the

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OVERVIEW OF NORTHERN GHANA

Northern Ghana lie wholly out of the forest belt that stretches inland from the coast for about 200 miles, and are covered in uncultivated parts with rank grass, which is burnt annually. All over the country is a scrub of dwarfed trees, chiefly acacia, except by the rivers, where fine trees are foun

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FATHIA MUSAH SPENDS BIRTHDAY WITH CHILDREN OF NEW LIFE FOUNDATION

Northern Heritage is pleased to share the philanthropic activity of Fathia Musah, a proud Dagbon lady who decided to spend her birthday with

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SCENES OF NAA DAMBA

This is a real account of Naa Damba observed in a Dagbon town just some miles outside Tamale. This event occurred in the years 1967 and 1968. It was to study the activities of the Damba festival and to establish the role of the drummer in the Damba festival.

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SOME MAJOR FESTIVALS OF NORTHERN GHAANAIANS

Northern Ghana being the home of numerous ethnic groups and people with diverse traditions and cultural practices, celebrates several ethnic, cultural and religious festivals. 


The Damba festival for example  is widely observe

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THE STORY OF MAGAZI AKUSHI: THE ORIGIN OF THE GAMBAGA, MAMPRUSI MUSLIMS

Magazi Akushi was the first prominent Muslim in Gambaga. He was a weaver. The pits where he dyed thread are in front of Magaziyiri. His name, Akushi, comes from the name of the carved wooden bowl in which he used to give food to the carava

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NDEWURA JAKPA AND THE FOUNDATION OF THE GONJALAND

Ndewura Jakpa, an African king who founded a dynasty in Gonja, in what is now northern Ghana, in the early 17th century. Originally a Mande invader, Jakpa established a loosely knit federation of states that extended over the entire northern part of present-day Gha

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BUGUM FESTIVAL CELEBRATION OF THE MOLE-DAGBON KINGDOM

This year's Bugum (Fire) festival was not different from several others years back. The festival gave us an exciting and vibrant cultural displays and entertainment. Even the new world order (covid 19) could not come between the people and their culture. It wi

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ZAKIA HAS RELEASED HER DEBUT SINGLE "ANASIGIN" - "E GO BE" IN WAALI

The Ghanaian born Russian bred sultry songbird has always being in love with music. She started performing during her high school days, and spent most of her university years not in the lecture hall, but onstage performing cover songs to massive crowds of party goers.


Discovering her talent for moving people with her music and stagecraft, Zakia decide

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BUGUM (FIRE) FESTIVAL TO BE CELEBRATED ON SATURDAY (29th August, 2020)

The bugum (fire) festival is widely celebrated by majority of northern tribes. It is a festival which is rooted within the history of the Mole Dagbon kingdom, however most tribes in present day Northern Ghana have adopted and celebrate in

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TAMALE TO HOST RENOWNED GHANAIAN ARTIST AT THE SAVANNAH CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist run project space, exhibition and research hub, cultural repository and artists’ residency. SCCA Tamale is an initiative of world-renowned Ghanaian artist, Ibrahim Mahama, as a contribution towards transf

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NORTHERN GHANA IS NOT A CLUSTER OF ZONGOS

The perspective and the portrayal of northern Ghana as a 'cluster of zongos’ is pigeonhole and a feebleminded way of describing the region. Situated at the upper part of Ghana are the northern regions. It consists of five diverse region

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I AM NOT A ‘TANI’, I HAVE AN IDENTITY

The term ‘Tani’ is popularly used by Asantes to refer to northerners. The term typically means ‘twin’. It usage is mostly derogatory, to refer to villagers or people not well acquainted with city life.


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AN OVERVIEW OF THE FRAFRA (GURUNE) PEOPLE - II

The term Frafra is an umbrella term that refers to a number of ethnic groups that share the same cultural heritage yet have some minor differences in terms of language and ritual action. The similarities, however, in their culture in terms

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AN OVERVIEW OF THE FRAFRA (GURUNE) PEOPLE

The Frafra (also known as Gorse) are hardworking agricultural Gur-speaking people that forms a subset of Gurune/Gurunshi ethnic group in Northern Ghana and Southern Burkina Faso. The Frafra people who live predominantly in the north-eastern part of the Upper East Region of Ghana, called th

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THE HISTORY OF MOLE-DAGBON

The empire of the Mole-Dagbon, was founded in the 11th century. Accounts of the kingdom's origins, rulers and wars of conquest are preserved in drum histories. These histories narrate the story of Tohazhie, the "Red Hunter", who left Tunga, east of Lake Chad, with a small band of cavalry m