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By Yakubu Saaka

Arguably the main marginalized of the entire areas of Ghana, Northern Ghana, whereas accounting for less than 20% of the nationwide inhabitants, is domestic to over eighty% of the poorest 10th of that inhabitants. Its major contribution to the nationwide economic climate is unskilled hard work. The severe essays assembled during this assortment clarify how the sector received this prestige and why its underdevelopment persists. The members hint the genesis of this unlucky state of affairs within the North to the development of overlook set by way of policymakers within the early colonial interval.

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After passing Nardaw, the inhabitants of which ran away, Berthon received information on December 11 that the Dagara in Nandom had raided Lambusie market some four days previously, when eleven people were killed and a number wounded. On December 13 Berthon’s column camped at Lambusie and he afterwards reported: I sent messengers (civilian) to Nardow (Nandom), Chila, Gu, Nandowseri, and Kokolugu to tell the Chiefs and the Headmen to come and palaver. The first message was ignored. A second message was sent and on the 14th messengers from Chilla came in, these were ordered to return and tell the Chief to come in, finally this Chief came in the afternoon.

32 Herbert J. C. ”33 Similar observations were made about the political organizations of the Sisala areas. In February 1897, Lt. 34 Leland had also observed after a tour of the Sisala towns that there was “no recognized King of all Gurusi” but that each King was independent. He further reported that “the biggest chief of the district called Lakama (Langma)” was Bachera of Dasima. 35 By the time Berthon toured the northwest corner of the Black Volta District, the early British officers had a good grasp of the political system of the area.

Berthon left Wa on December 1, 1903, accompanied by a detachment of 110 men of the 2nd Battalion of the Gold Coast Regiment. The first phase of his tour from Wa to Tumu was peaceful. The chiefs of towns and villages en route brought him cases that he settled. On December 5th, the column reached Tumu and Berthon spent three days there that were also uneventful. The column left Tumu on December 8 going West, but finding that the route he had originally planned took him along the northern international boundary villages, which had already been visited by boundary commissions, Berthon decided to go southwest to Dasima, a large Sisala town, and to proceed northwesterly to inspect most of the towns and villages lying in the northwest corner of the district.

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