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date: 08 April 2020

Naa Zangina locked

(fl. eighteenth century),
  • Abdulai Iddrisu

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ruler of Dagbon (in the West African savanna, present-day Ghana), occupies a special place in the history of Dagbon. Naa Mohammed Zangina was the son of Naa Titugri, who ruled from circa 1700 to circa 1715. Best known for being the first Muslim ruler, for encouraging trade and Muslim immigration into the kingdom, and for ending the Gonja menace, Naa Zangina radically changed the civilization of Dagbon.

He benefited from a rupture in the traditional method of consulting soothsayers to determine the rightful heir to the skin an animal skin signifying the chief s status The soothsayers had selected the poor and effeminate Nabi Gungonbili of Yalmo Karaga to succeed Naa Zolkugli This hurt the pride of the stronger princes who vowed to change this method of selection When Naa Gungonbili died an intense competition for the skin ensured the settlement of which was brought before Naa Atabia of ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Dictionary of African Biography.

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