North East and Upper East Regions celebrate Damba festival

Gambaga is a very historical town in Northern Ghana with most of the people of the North tracing their origin to the place

Scores of people in the North East and neighbouring Upper East Regions joined the chiefs and people of the Gambaga traditional area to mark this year’s Damba festival held on Saturday 15 October 2022.

Gambaga is the capital of the East Mamprusi municipality of the North East Region.

Gambaga is a very historical town in Northern Ghana with most of the people of the North tracing their origin to the place.

The Gambaga town also served as the first traditional capital of the Mamprugu kingdom before the capital was moved to present-day Nalerigu by the then Nayiri, Naa Atabia.

This year’s Damba festival was on the theme: “Offering the youth the opportunity to learn and practice the culture”.

The occasion was chaired by the chief of Buri Nabio, Chief Adam from the Upper East Region of Ghana. The colourful event saw cultural exhibitions from different dancers who had come from far and near to entertain the audience.

The chief of Gambaga admonished the youth to be law-abiding citizens.

“I am admonishing the youth to be law-abiding citizens and to desist from indulging in any wrong-doings in the town so that there will be peace and development in the town,” he said.

The youth leader added that they plan to unearth some of the untapped tourist attractions in the world through next year’s Damba festival.

The Gambaga town is also noted for hosting one of the biggest camps for women and men who are accused of witchcraft in their various communities across Northern Ghana.

The camp serves as a haven for the alleged witches and wizards after they have been banished from their various communities.

Dokurugu Alhassan

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