Religion Fri, 14 Dec 2018

Dagbon chieftaincy: Abudus install Regent today

Boling-Lana Mahamadu Abdulai

The Boling-Lana Mahamadu Abdulai has been installed as the new Regent of Dagbon, Friday December 14.

The installation is an integral part of activities lined up for the performance of the funeral of the Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV.

People from all walks of life including Ministers of State, Chief Executive Officers of State agencies, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, Chiefs, the Clergy, family relations and well-wishers are in Yendi to witness the occasion.

Government officially handed over the Old Gbewaa Palace to the Abudu Royals to perform the funeral of the late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV.

After signing an undertaken on Thursday, the Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Sae-ed gave the keys to the Abudus Head, Mba Dugu Iddrisu Iddi at the forecourt of the newly constructed structures.

They have two weeks to perform the funeral and subsequently the Andani family are also expected to perform that of the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II from January 4 to 18, 2019.

The Regional Security Council (REGSEC) continues to reinforce security visibility there.


The Boling-Lana Mahamadu Abdulai is the first surviving son of late Yaa- Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV.

He was born in 1974 when his father was facing political and uncustomary machinations from his detractors.

He became the Boling-Lana at the age of 14, a day after Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV was laid to rest at the Katini duu.

The Boling-Lana-Lana Abdulai Mahamadu was in SDA Primary School in Tamale when his father died.

He has since been the Regent of his later father for 30 years now.

The Bolin-Lana Abdulai Mahammadu has four wives and twelve children.


Yaa Naa Mahamadu Abdullai IV whose funeral is being performed after 30 years of his demise was the 35th Yaa Naa of Dagbon.

He was born on 2nd March, 1949 to Yaa Naa Abdulai III (Gmarigon).

He was in form one at Gbewaa Secondary School (now Tamale Senior High School) when his father died.

He was installed as Regent of Naa Abdulai Gmarigon, and of Dagbon in 1967.

Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV ascended to the Yani Namship on 13th September, 1969 as ‘king’ of one of the greatest kingdoms in Africa.

He was touted as a man of peace, patience and imbued with an impeccable sagacity.

His royal appellation was “Kuli Noli din vela ni lagim nyuriba” to wit “a stream sparkling with purity gathers multitudes of the thirsty."

And so, when the potentates of Dagbon had got wind that Yaa Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV had officially received a bundle thatch from the hands of Gushei Na Sugri Issah, the head of the kingmakers, to validate his ascension to the Yani Skin as custom demands it was greeted with joyously rapturous appreciations.

On the night of 12th to 13th September 1969, Yaa- Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV was escorted to Katini duu and finaly enskinned as ‘king’ of Dagbon, Yaa Naa, amidst musketry, drumming and dancing.

During his namship, Dagbon witnessed blissful transformation during his fives years reign.

He became a member of the Council of State of Ghana in September 1969 and in May 1970 he was elected as the President of the Northern Regional House of Chiefs.

As if by a doom spell of design, his foes who coveted his exalted position had begun to write series of petitions for his removal from the Yani Namship.

Employing vile, vengeful subterfuges and insidious political machinations, the conspiracy thickened.

On the faithful day of 23rd April, 1974, Dagbon eventually, the news went round that Yaa-Naa Mahamadu IV had been removed from the Yani Namship; not by customary procedures but by an executive fiat of the Acheampong administration.

On the dark day of 15th of October 1988, Naa- Mahamadu Abdulai IV died.

On October 17th 1988, the king was laid to rest in the royal mausoleum, Katini.


He had 18 wives, but three later died.

The wives of the Late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu were as follows: (1)Gbanzaling (2) Galibang (3) Koyibga (4) Pariwaa (5) Gasinaba (6) Yiblana (7) Batamgali (8) Balchisu Limam (9) Azara Sagpegu (10) Fati Sunsong (11) Zuweira (12) Aramatu (13) Azara Bimbilla (14) Safiatu (15) Rahinatu

He left behind fourteen children (twelve surviving) six (6) male; namely Abdulai Mahamadu, Alhassan Mahamadu, Alhassan Mahamadu, Yakubu Mahamadu, Abdulai Mahamadu and Sulemana Mahamadu, and six (6) females; namely Sugri Mahamadu, Fati Mahamadu, Samata Mahamadu, Zenabu Mahamadu, Mariama Mahamadu and Awabu Mahamadu.

Source: Abdul Karim Naatogmah
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