The Damba Festival is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in northern Ghana. It’s a two-part festival being both a traditional and a religious celebration. Traditionally it’s been commemorated by the Dagomba, Gonja, Nanumba and Wala peoples of the northern parts of Ghana as a celebration of chiefs. As a religious festival it’s observed by Muslims as the celebration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Mohammed.
Members of the community travel far and wide to come together and celebrate with festivities that include music, dancing, drumming, and men on horseback performing for the crowd. Residents come dressed in their best clothing that showcases the beauty of the textiles that hail from the northern region.
By: Ivy Prosper