About The Region
The North-East Region is one of the sixteen regions in Ghana and forms part of the six newly created Regions.
The Region was created on the 12th of February, 2019 with the Constitutional Instrument (C.I) 116 after a portion of residents of the Northern Region in a referendum dated 27th December, 2018 voted YES for the creation of the North East region with 99.67%. 205,804 out of 255,424 voters cast their ballots in the referendum.
North East Region is located in the north of the country and has its capital as Nalerigu. With a population of 440,558, the region has six Municipals and District Assemblies (MDAs) under its jurisdiction.
The MDAs under the Region are East Mamprusi Municipal, West Mamprusi Municipal, Bunkpurugu District, Yonyoo-Nasuan District, Mamprugu-Moagduri District and Chereponi District Assemblies.
The North East Region covers an area size of 9,072 Km2 and shares borders with Upper East Region on the north, on the east by Togo, on the south by the Northern Region, and on the west by the Upper West Region.
Tour Sites in the Region
The Zayaa mosque as lots of people call it is located at Wulugu, 14km from Walewale in the West Mamprusi district. It is one of the 20thC buildings in the country built from mud. It is peculiar in that it is an uncommon storeyed traditional design of historical and military interest.
Sheik Abdul-Karim, the man behind this historic building ,had a vision of the building in a dream when he was residing at Bawku in the Upper East Region.
He migrated to Bolgatanga in search of a place to put up the building but could not find any land available. So he decided moving through Pwalugu and then to Wulugu which finally became his home. When he first got to this area, he lived in a small home.
He had the same vision again in a dream but this time, it showed him clearly where to put the building and how it should look like.
When he got up the next morning, he saw a hand-dug well in the area where his vision directed him to put up the building and that simply implied that God had provided him with water to use for the building, since it was hard to find water for building by then.
So the next day he started putting up the building but realized that any time he built to some level and broke of for the next day, the building automatically increased to another level, meaning some unknown person continued building. He tried several times at night to see if he could find that person but all to no avail.
One night again, he got another vision from a dream and it said to him “The land I have shown to you is a place to be kept holy”. And this is why any person visiting the place is told to take off his / her shoes before entering the building.
The building is a combination of two structures. A mosque and a house. The Sheik lived in the house whiles his wives and children lived at a separate building but closer to it.
The Zayaa building has 45 rooms with two floors. The well in the house can be accessed from any floor, either from the first or second floor. The wife of the Sheik, Hajia Fatima. lives with her children in this village. She is 115 years old.
It is allowed to take pictures with Hajia Fatima, as well as the building, if you wish to. For further information please call +233(0)207005091.
Foreigners – GH¢ 2.00
Ghanaians – GH¢ 1.50p
J.H.S Students – GH¢ 50p
S.H.S Students – GH¢ 1.00
Primary Students – GH¢ 20p