After 17 years of waiting, the Overlord of the Dagbon Traditional Area, Yaa-Naa Abukari Mahama II, celebrated the annual Damba Festival with splendour in Yendi in the Northern Region last Saturday.
A protracted chieftaincy disagreement that pitched the Abudus against the Andanis and threatened the peace of Dagbon prevented the celebration of the much-cherished festival in the traditional seat of Yani (Yendi).
The resolution of the dispute led to the eventual enskinment of a new Yaa-Naa earlier this year, thereby paving the way for the celebration of the festival.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; the Prime Minister of Barbados, Ms Mia Mottley; former President John Dramani Mahama, Ministers of State, Members of Parliament and other dignitaries graced the occasion.
The people of Dagbon conferred the chieftaincy title: ‘Dagbon Malti-Naa Abudani I’ on President Akufo-Addo in recognition of his role in bringing lasting peace to Dagbon.
The Prime Minister of Barbados was also decorated with a beautiful traditional apparel.
Below are some pictures