View of Wa from one of the mosque towers
Location in Ghana
|Region||Upper West Region|
Wa is the capital of the Upper West Region of Ghana and is the main city of the Wala people. The Republic of Ghana is a country in West Africa. It borders Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast to the west Burkina Faso to the north Togo to the |||} Ghana is divided into ten Regions ( Capitals in parentheses Ashanti Region ( Kumasi) Brong-Ahafo Region Districts The Upper West Region of Ghana contains the following 8 districts Jirapa/Lambussie District Lawra District |||}The Districts of Ghana were re-organized in 1988/1989 in an attempt to decentralize the government and to combat the rampant corruption amongst officials Districts The Upper West Region of Ghana contains the following 8 districts Jirapa/Lambussie District Lawra District The Republic of Ghana is a country in West Africa. It borders Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast to the west Burkina Faso to the north Togo to the see also Wala language spoken in the Solomon Islands The Wala live in Upper West Region of Ghana. The majority of the inhabitants are Muslim. A Muslim (مسلم pronounced Muslim, not Muzlim) is an adherent of the Religion It is the seat of the Wa-Na, the Paramount Chief of the Wala traditional area. Features of the town include several mosques, the Wa-Na Palace, a museum and a nearby hippopotamus sanctuary. A "mosque" in English refers to all types of buildings dedicated for Islamic worship although there is a distinction in Arabic between the smaller privately owned mosque and the larger A museum is a "permanent institution in the service of society and of its development open to the public which acquires conserves researches communicates and exhibits the The hippopotamus ( Hippopotamus amphibius) from the Greek ἱπποπόταμος ( hippopotamos, ιππος hippos meaning "horse" The town serves as a transportation hub for the northwestern part of Ghana, with major roads leading south to Kumasi, north to Hamile and Burkina Faso, and northeast to Tumu and the Upper East Region. Kumasi is a City in southern central Ghana. It is located near the Lake Bosomtwe, in the Rain Forest Region about 250 km (by road Hamile is a town in far northwestern Ghana, not far from the border with Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso (bɚˌkiːnəˈfɑːsoʊ burr-KEE-na FAH-soh) also known by its short-form name Burkina, is a Landlocked nation in West Africa Tumu is a town in the Upper West Region of Ghana. It is connected by road to the towns of Navrong and Léo in Burkina Faso. Economy and Tourism The region's economy is based on agriculture primarily Cattle and cereals like Millet, Sorghum and Rice. There is also a small airport.
Wa has been inhabited for several hundred years, first by Lobi and Dagaare people, and then by Islamic scholars and traders who settled there in order to participate in the trans-Saharan trade. The Lobi are an Ethnic group that originated in what is today Ghana. The Dagaare (also spelled Dagare Dagarti Dagaran or Dagao are an ethnic group in the West African nations of Ghana and Burkina Faso. These newcomers adopted the Dagaare language and to some extent simplified its grammar, as well as incorporating numerous loan words from Hausa, such as lafia (satisfactory) and alabasa (onion). Dagaare is the maternal language of the Dagaare people in Ghana and Burkina Faso. (Both of these Hausa words are ultimately Arabic in origin: lafia comes from the Arabic العافية, al-'afiyya, health or well-being, while alabasa comes from البصل, al-basal, onion. ) The name of the town means 'come' in the Waali language.
Wa is in the southern part of the Sahel, the semi-arid area south of the Sahara that ranges from Senegal to the Sudan. See also Sahel Tunisia, a region of eastern Tunisia. The Sahel or Sahel Belt (from Arabic ساحل sāḥil The Sahara (الصحراء الكبرى aṣ-ṣaḥrā´ al-kubra, "The Great Desert" is the world's largest hot Desert and the world's second largest Senegal (le Sénégal officially the Republic of Senegal, is a country south of the Sénégal River in western Africa. Sudan (officially the Republic of Sudan) ( السودان al-Sūdān is a country in northeastern Africa. Average annual rainfall is around 1000mm, almost all of which occurs between May and October. Following the May-October rainly season is a cool dry period called the Harmattan (in Waali sesiao sanga) when a steady, often dusty, north wind blows from the Sahara. The hottest period of the year is in February and March when daytime temperatures often reach 110°F (42°C). Fahrenheit is a temperature scale named after Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686–1736 a German Physicist who proposed it in 1724 The Celsius Temperature scale was previously known as the centigrade scale.
Despite its urban status, Wa is in many ways still an agricultural community, and many people make a good portion of their living in small scale farming. The main crops are corn, millet, yams, okra and groundnuts. Maize (ˈmeɪz ( Zea mays L. ssp mays) known as corn in some countries is a cereal grain domesticated in Mesoamerica The millets are a group of small- Seeded Species of Cereal crops or grains widely grown around the world for Food and Fodder Okra ( American English:, British English,) also known as lady's finger, bhindi ( Hindustani) and gumbo, is a The peanut, or Groundnut ( Arachis hypogaea) is a species in the Legume family Fabaceae native to South America, Mexico Upland rice is also farmed in a few areas. Rice is a Cereal foodstuff which forms an important part of the diet of many people worldwide and as such it is a staple food for many The major fruit crop is the mango. Mangoes belong to the genus Mangifera, consisting of numerous species of tropical fruiting Trees in the Flowering plant family Anacardiaceae Shea nuts are collected from wild trees, for food or refinement into oils and cosmetics.
The staple food of Wa is known as T-Zed in English. English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States This is an abbreviation for the Hausa expression tuo zaafi, meaning 'very hot'. In Waali, this food is referred to as sao. It is a thick porridge of corn flour eaten like fufu - by tearing off a chunk and dipping into a soup, usually of okra. Fufu, variants include foofoo, foufou, foutou or fu fu, is a Staple food of West and Central Africa. Comment on the food : T-Zed or TZ is made of millet and, ot as stated corn, (corn is originally from South-America. It os also not like fufu, but more like Kenkey, because of the fermentation proces.
The paramount chief of the Wala people is known as the Wa-na (na means chief in Waali. )
The Wala chieftancy has an unusually long recorded history, in various documents in Arabic and Hausa. Arabic (ar الْعَرَبيّة (informally ar عَرَبيْ) in terms of the number of speakers is the largest living member of the Semitic language A dispute over the order of succession for the Wa-na began with the death of the Wa-na in 1998. This acriminous and sometimes violent controversy was partially resolved in 2003 with the enskinment of a new Wa-na. His unfortunate death in September of 2006 leaves the future of the Wa-na again uncertain.
The Wa-na's palace is a good example of traditional Sahelian architecture, with an exterior similar to that of the main mosque of Bobo-Dioulasso. The Sudano-Sahelian is an Architectural style common in the Sahel. Bobo-Dioulasso is a city with a population of about 435543 ( As of 2006) the second biggest city in Burkina Faso, Africa, after Ouagadougou
The Dumba festival was the main traditional event of Wa. It was typically held in late September to correspond with the harvest. The highlight of the year was a ceremony in which the Wa-na stepped over a small cow lying on the ground. Cattle, colloquially referred to as cows, are domesticated Ungulates a member of the Subfamily Bovinae of the family According to traditional belief, if any part of the chief or his clothing touched the cow, he would probably die within the year. If on the other hand he stepped over the cow successfully, he was guaranteed a successful coming year.
There is also another town in Ghana called Wa in the southeast.