Yaa-Naa's coronation: Nana Addo arrives in Tamale

Nana Addo Dagbon.jpeg President Akufo-Addo in a handshake with the newly selected Yaa-Naa

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 Source: Abdul Karim Naatogmah

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has safely arrived in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale for the coronation of Yaa-Naa Abukari Mahama II scheduled for Friday January 25, 2019.

The President under whose watch Dagbang is regaining its lost glory is the special Guest of Honour.

Hundreds of people comprising the New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters, sympathizers and joyous Dagombas welcomed the President at Tamale Airport.

The upcoming event is to take place at the forecourt of the Old Gbewaa Palace in Yendi.

The three Eminent Kings, the Asantehene Osei Tutu II, the Nayiri, Naa Bohigu Mahami Sheriga and the Yagbonwura Tutumba Boresa I are expected to grace the occasion.

The three revered Kings Mediation Committee set up by former President John Agyekum Kufour finally resolved the Dagbang chieftaincy stalemate.

Chiefs, diplomats, tourists among others from all walks of life are arriving in the Yendi Township for the historic event.

Some international and local media have pitched camp there to cover the event.

Chairman of the Northern Regional Security Council, Salifu Sae-ed in an interview today (Thursday) said all was set for the upcoming event.

According to him, adequate security arrangements have been put in place to ensure that nothing untoward happens.

The elated Salifu Sae-ed unveiled government's plans to relocate this year's national 6th March Parade to Tamale for the first time following Dagbang's happiest moments.

Economic activities

The demand for accommodation has outstripped supply in the Yendi Municipality where all Guest Houses have been fully booked.

Food Vendors, water suppliers, guinea fowl joints and telecommunication service providers are cashing in on the upcoming event.

The Metro Mass Transit Company Limited and the Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU) have increased the number of buses from Tamale to Yendi.

Residents of Yendi in an exclusive interview expressed their joy and happiness.

The new Yaa-Naa Abukari Mahama II

Yaa-Naa Abukari II is the son of Yaa-Naa Mahan-Kpema, who was the great grandfather of the immediate past Regent of Dagbon, Kampakuya Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani.

Yaa-Naa Abukari II is a paternal uncle to the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II.

The mother of Yaa-Naa Abukari II hailed from Chaazaandaan-Yili near Kulunkpegu in the Northern Region.

Then as a peasant farmer, Naa Abukari Mahama II first settled in Puriya, a village after Sang in the Yendi District.

He was enskinned the chief of Kpunkpono, a small farming community in the Mion District by his nephew, the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II in the late 90s.

A decade later when Savelugu became vacant, his grandson, then-Kampakuya Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani, who was the then-Acting Overlord of Dagbang enskinned him as the Yo Naa.

On Friday, 18 January 2019, Dagbang Kingmakers, led by Naa Yeb' Ku?na selected Naa Alhaji Abukari as the King of one of the oldest monarchies in sub-Sahara Africa.

The new Yaa-Naa is believed to be the reincarnate of Yaa-Naa Gariba, one of the most successful Yaa-Naa's in Dagbang.

Source: Abdul Karim Naatogmah
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