Bawku Municipal District

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Bawku Municipal District

District Municipal de Bawku
Municipal District
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Districts of Upper East Region
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Bawku Municipal District
Location of Bawku Municipal District within Upper East
Coordinates: 11°3′14.76″N0°14′18.6″W / 11.0541000°N 0.238500°W / 11.0541000; -0.238500
CountryFlag of Ghana.svg  Ghana
Region Upper East
Capital Bawku
Government
  Municipal Chief ExecutiveHajia Hawa Ninchema
Area
  Total1,275 km2 (492 sq mi)
Population
 (2019)
  Total119,907 [1]
Time zone UTC+0 (GMT)
ISO 3166 code GH-UE-BA

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 on 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.

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Demographics

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

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

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

Administrative divisions

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

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Coordinates: 11°3′14.76″N0°14′18.6″W / 11.0541000°N 0.238500°W / 11.0541000; -0.238500