Manyaala Tribe 2 ebo 2008

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The Manyaala tribe is a group of people believe to have hailed from Manyaw in the Nadowli district of the Upper West Region of Ghana. They are found in present day Isa, Tabiahi and Naaha with amazing populations. Naaha, the biggest of these three villages, is a Manyaala community founded by one wondering hunter by name Dakpankpili believed to have come from Manyaw. Dakpankpili on one of his expeditions at a point became very exhausted, thirsty and hungry. Unable to locate any water nearby, he withered and laid under a tree until a grasshopper came to his rescue. The grasshopper hovered around him severally and sprinkled water on him. Having observed the grasshopper for sometime, he became convinced that the grasshopper had a message for him and finally followed the direction of the grasshopper. He then found a well located on a nearby rock full of water, and some fruits around. He was then relieved and decided to settle around those rocks where he could also strive for some living, hence the name Naaha.

The well, located on the rocks became an important god of the Naaha land and the grasshopper being a taboo for consummation by all descendants of this Dakpankpili, the founder of Naaha. Bubulii, god of the well on rocks, is believed to have appeared before the founder as the grasshopper. Water from this well, which is found virtually all year round, is considered very pure and sacred among the people of Naaha.

Leadership within the Naaha traditional area however currently rotates between two royal gates: the Pieju Kori (Boriyiri) and Pieju Paani (Yipaala).

The people are predominantly farmers. Sorghum, legumes and yams are their main food crops, with shea tree being their cash crop. Livestock is also kept on quite substantial scale. While barter is being practised, the Ghana cedi is the official medium of exchange. Cowries are acceptable for customary practices.

Naaha however, lags behind in terms of human resource development. Until recent times, parents within these communities did not see the need to send their children to school. Parents rather took pride in having several children working for them on farms, cattle following, etc. There are no portable sources of drinking water. Female genital mutilation until recently was very high.

Additional product information

Year 2,008
Material Copper-Niquel/Gold plating
Condition UNC
Denomination 2 ebo
Mintage 10
Diámeter (mm) 38

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