THE STORY OF MOLE DAGBANI
The founder of the kingdom was called Naa-Gbewaa. He had several children, but the popular among them were Zirili, Kufogu, Tosigu, Shitobu, Mantanbu and Yentura (the only female who was popular). Yentura which was the name of the lady meant “which part of me can be insulted?” She left her father before he died because she was of age and her father failed to give her hand to anyone in marriage. She was so fraustrated that she planted some okro in their backyard. When it bore fruit, she did not bother to harvest. One day, her father saw it and asked why she has refused to harvest the okro, she retorted: “It is the ripe okro you have seen but you have failed to see your own ripe daughter.” Her father felt guilty and gave her permission to look for her own husband, promising his approval no matter who she chooses. She left on horse back and after sometime returned with a strange man who did not speak their language. The marriage to the man was endorsed by her father, so she left with the man to present day Burkina Faso where they established the Mossi Kingdom. In his old age, Naa-Gbewaa called one of his wives one day and told her about the need to groom Kufogu well because he was to become the next ruler. Unknown to him, he was talking to the mother of Zirili, the eldest son instead of Kufogu’s mother. The woman did not like her husband’s idea so she rather coached her son to eliminate his younger brother Kufogu and become the next ruler after his father’s death. Zirili dug a pit in his hall and covered it with some stalks and some animal skin. Then he invited his brother Kufogu to come into his hall and dine with him. When Kufogu entered, Zirili instructed him to sit on the skin, when he did, he fell into the very deep pit. Zirili then ordered his wives to pour some hot pito they have brewed into the pit. This led to the death of Kufogu. The death of the Kufogu affected his father greatly and resulted in his mysterious death. When he heard that his son had been murdered by his other son, he exclaimed and placed his hand on his chest, then all of a sudden, the ground under him opened, he fell inside and it closed him in. Soon afterwards, Zirili also died. There was a struggle as to who should become the next ruler. Finally, the three eldest children: Tosigu, Shitogu and Mantanbu decided to go their separate ways. Tosigu settled in Gambaga and established the Mamprugu Kingdom. Shitogu established the Yoonima Kingdom now referred to as Dagbon, Mantanbu established the Nanaumba Kingdom. All the above mentioned happened in Pusiga. Dagbambas settled in Pusiga in present day Upper East Region when they arrived in Ghana. It is a festival of music, dance and drama. The students showcase our ways of dressing, our culture and morals. This a picture of some of our choristers looking sleek and beautiful in their northern traditional wears. Telling tales with miming, singing drumming and dancing. Some of the talking drums which talked to the hearing of all. Just thrilling.