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North Gonja: They Only Meet the Men When They Visit-Wasipe Queen mothers Speak Up On Gendered Engagement

It was an emotional sight when members of the Council of Queen mothers in the Wasipe traditional area in the North Gonja district of the Savannah region could not hid their appreciations when the women’s organizer of the New Patriotic Party in the region Madam Safia Mohammed visited the palace of the Bruwuruche (Queen mother) of Wasipe, Her Royal Highness Seidu Adiza.

For the leader of the queen mothers, such a historical day could not elapse without any significant traditional celebration. Amidst chanting of traditional rhythms and cheers, the queen bestowed on the political activist and entrepreneur, the title Kenyigi-Wuruche which literally means Queen of Remembrance on the woman whom she said “was the first political activist who has visited her palace and has directly engaged with her and the women in the community”.

HRH Bruwuruche Adiza remarked that, indeed many political activists have visited the district and its communities but “historically, none has ever visited or met us before for a discussion that seeks to look into our plights and also political party policies that affect us as women and queen mothers” she said in Gonja.

Madam Safia Mohammed was in the traditional area to encourage constituents of the Daboya-Mankarigu constituency in which Wasipe lays to participate in the 2020 general elections on December 7. The women’s organizer in August launched a citizen participatory project dubbed “Operation Add Your Vote” in the Savannah region to canvass votes for the ruling New Patriotic Party in the Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

She has since embarked on several campaign trails with intense campaign to women who form the fibre of society.

The National Democratic Congress in the 2016, general elections won both Presidential and Parliamentary bid in the Daboya-Mankarigu Constituency.

Parliamentary Results.


Presidential Results.

John MahamaNDC 9,798 56.88%
Nana Akufo-AddoNPP 8,133 39.75%
Ivor Kobina GreenstreetCPP 96 0.51%
Edward MahamaPNC 75 0.28%
Paa Kwesi NduomPPP 62 2.47%
Jacob Osei YeboahIND 18 0.06%
Nana Konadu Agyeman RawlingsNDP

The population of North Gonja district was 43,547 representing 1.8 percent of the Savannah region’s total population according to the 2010 Population and Housing Census. It constitutes 49.6 percent males and females represent 50.4 percent.

However, the longest serving queen mother in the Wasipe traditional area Bruwuruche Adiza Seidu argued engagements by political activists in the past have greatly been gendered.

“When they come here, they only meet the men at the palace of our Chief where they will sparingly call a few queen mothers to also see the visitors but discussions are not held in our presence”.

Women in Ghana continue to face stiff competition in all aspect of their development including the traditional make up of most ethnic groups across the country with just a handful in hierarchical  positions.


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