Bawku Municipal District

Bawku Municipal District is one of the fifteen districts in Upper East Region, Ghana. Originally created as an ordinary district assembly in 1988 when it was known as Bawku East District; which was established by Legislative Instrument (L.I.) 1439, until the southern part of the district was split off by a decree of president John Agyekum Kufuor in August 2004 to create Garu-Tempane District; thus the remaining part was elevated to municipal district assembly status on the same year to become Bawku Municipal District. However, on 28 June 2012, two parts of the district were later split off to create Binduri District (from the west) and Pusiga District (from the east) respectively; thus the remaining part has been retained as Bawku Municipal District. The municipality is located in the eastern part of Upper East Region and has Bawku as its capital town.

Bawku Municipal District
District Municipal de Bawku
Municipal District
Districts of Upper East Region
Districts of Upper East Region
Bawku Municipal District is located in Ghana
Bawku Municipal District
Bawku Municipal District
Location of Bawku Municipal District within Upper East
Coordinates: 11°3′14.76″N 0°14′18.6″W / 11.0541000°N 0.238500°W / 11.0541000; -0.238500
Country Ghana
RegionUpper East
 • Municipal Chief ExecutiveHajia Hawa Ninchema
 • Total1,275 km2 (492 sq mi)
 • Total119,907[1]
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
ISO 3166 codeGH-UE-BA

Demographics edit

The population of Bawku Municipal District, according to the 2010 Population and Housing Census, is 98,538 representing 9.4 percent of the Upper East Region‟s total population. Males constitute 48.0 percent and females represent 52.0 percent. 36.4 percent of the population is rural and 63.6 percent is urban. It shares boundaries with Pusiga District to the north, Binduri District to the south, Garu-Tempane District to the east and Bawku West District to the west.[2]

The Kusaasis are the first known settlers in the area. The other tribes in the area are the Mamprusis, Bisas, Mossi, Hausas etc. who are settlers. There are however large immigrant populations from other locations in northern and southern Ghana as well as from Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Togo, Niger and Nigeria.

Of the population 11 years and above, 47.8% are literate and 52.2% are nonliterate. The proportion of literate males is higher (57.6%) than that of females (39.3%).[2]

Economy edit

Agriculture is the dominant occupation of the people of the municipality, accounting for about 47.0 percent of the total occupation in the municipality. The major crops grown are millet, sorghum, maize, rice, groundnuts, leafy vegetables, pepper, watermelon, and onion. Livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats, donkeys etc. are also kept in the district.[2]

Festivals edit

The Kusaasi are known for the celebration of Samanpiid. Other festivals celebrated by other communities are the Zekula by the Bisa people.

Administrative divisions edit

The district contains the following towns and villages. Of note are:

  • Bawku
  • Pusiga
  • Garu
  • Denugu/Danvorga
  • Kongo
  • Zorsi
  • Tempane
  • Wuriyanga
  • Narango
  • Mognori (Gumbo)
  • Widana
  • Yabrago
  • Missiga
  • Bugri-Bulpielse
  • Manga
  • Basyonde
  • Binduri Natinga
  • Kulugungu
  • Gozesi
  • Bugri
  • Bado

Gallery edit

Sources edit

  • "Districts of Ghana". Statoids.

References edit

  1. ^ "Ghana Statistical Services".
  2. ^ a b c Ghana Statistical Service (2014). 2010 Population and Housing Census.

11°3′14.76″N 0°14′18.6″W / 11.0541000°N 0.238500°W / 11.0541000; -0.238500