The beautiful, elegant, and harmless Psammophis Elegant snake in northern Ghana is called wa’asamiiya in Mampruli.
Funeral Mortars in Northern Ghana
Heidi and I have written and shared images before about northern Ghanaians love of firing guns at funerals and the horrible injuries that ensue. In recent years, homemade mortars have become a new favorite at these events because of the extra loud bang they produce. The foot-long iron pipes are jam-packed with black powder and […]
Takpaleeŋŋa yɛli, ni, noori n yi moaai ka yiri mɛa.
“The swallow says it’s when the mouth is red that the compound is built.” – Mamprusi Proverb
Ŋmpuruga pitti namna la, ziim yi ti yiiri na.
The Mamprusi puts on shoes if his foot is bleeding. – Mamprusi Proverb
Ghana’s New North East Region
The referendum was a success and we are now in the North East Region. In our region we had 81% voter turn out and an overwhelming 99% voting YES for the North East Region
Alimatu’s Baby Naming Ceremony
We attend a traditional Mamprusi baby naming ceremony in the village of Tuzeaa.
2018 Bawku Damba Festival
Since we moved to Nalerigu in 2014, I’ve attended the Damba Festival at the NaYiri’s palace every year. It is the penultimate cultural event in Mamprugu. This year when Damba was held in Nalerigu on November 18th, a large group attended from Bawku in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Leading them was the Gbangraana […]
Suguru bikpeema yuuri ‘kyɔ’ansi’.
Patience’s eldest child’s name is ‘useless’.
2018 Damba Festival in Nalerigu
This year’s Damba Festival was a great one that went off without a hitch. I joined the “young men” to dane the Saturday night before but they organized again around 1pm on Sunday, the day of Damba. I missed the second young men’s dance but was invited into the palace to be with the elders […]