Savannah Region

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Savannah Region
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Larabanga Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in West Africa (bar those in Mali, Senegal etc.)
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Location of Savannah Region in Ghana
Country Ghana
Capital Damongo
Districts6
Area
  Total35,862 km2 (13,846 sq mi)
Population
 (2010 Census) [3]
  Total581,368 [4]
Time zone GMT
Area code(s) 037
ISO 3166 code GH-NP

The Savannah Region is one of the newest regions of Ghana and yet the largest region in the country. The creation of the Region follows presentation of a petition by the Gonja Traditional Council, led by the Yagbonwura Tumtumba Boresa Jakpa I. Upon receiving favourable responses from all stakeholders in the Northern Region (the region it was broken off from), the Brobbey Commission (the Commission tasked with the creation of the new regions), a referendum was conducted on the 27th December 2018. The result was a resounding yes of 99.7%. The President of the Republic of Ghana signed and presented the Constitutional Instrument (CI) 115 to the Yagbonwura in the Jubilee House, Accra on 12 February 2019. The launch was well attended by sons and daughters of Gonjaland including all current and past Mps, MDCEs and all appointees with Gonjaland descent. Damongo was declared the capital of the new Savannah Region. It is located in the north of the country. The Savannah Region is divided into 7 districts; Bole, Central Gonja, North Gonja, East Gonja, Sawla/Tuna/Kalba, West Gonja, North East Gonja and 7 Constituencies; Bole/Bamboi, Damongo, Daboya/Mankarigu, Salaga North, Salaga South, Sawla/Tuna/Kalba and Yapei/Kusawgu. [5] [6]

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History

A referendum on 27 December 2018 [7] approved the creation of Savannah Region, with 206,350 (99.52%) votes in favour on a turnout of 81.77%. [8] [9] [10] CI 115 establishing the Region signed and presented on 12 February 2019. [11]

Geography and climate

Location and size

The Savannah Region is bordered on the north by the Upper West region, on the west by the Ghana-Côte d'Ivoire international border, on the south by the Bono and Bono East regions, and on the west by the North East and Northern regions. Savannah region is made up of 7 districts.

Climate and vegetation

The Savannah Region is much drier than southern areas of Ghana, due to its proximity to the Sahel, and the Sahara. The vegetation consists predominantly of grassland, especially savanna with clusters of drought-resistant trees such as baobabs or acacias. Between December and April is the dry season. The wet season is between about July and November with an average annual rainfall of 750 to 1050 mm (30 to 40 inches). The highest temperatures are reached at the end of the dry season, the lowest in December and January. However, the hot Harmattan wind from the Sahara blows frequently between December and the beginning of February. The temperatures can vary between 14 °C (59 °F) at night and 40 °C (104 °F) during the day.

Tourism & Parks

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Elephants at Mole National Park

Demographics

The Savannah Region has a low population density, and, along with the official language of English, most inhabitants speak a language of the Oti–Volta subfamily in the Niger–Congo language family, such as Gonja, Vagla, Dagbani, Mamprusi, or Tamprusi.

Religion

A majority of residents in the Savanna Region identify as Muslim. [15]

Districts

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Districts of the Savannah Region

The Savannah Region of Ghana contains 7 districts. [16]

Districts in Savannah region
#DistrictCapitalPopulation
1 Bole Bole
2 Central Gonja Buipe
3 North Gonja Daboya
4 East Gonja [17] Salaga
5 North East Gonja Kpalbe
6 West Gonja [18] Damongo
7 Sawla-Tuna-Kalba Sawla

Famous citizens

Famous native citizens of Savannah region
#CitizenSettlement
1 John Dramani Mahama Bole

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Damongo Regional Capital in Savannah Region

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