The World Institute Of Africa Culture And Tradition (WIACT) a non- profit organisation has officially been launched to appeal for funds for the redevelopment of the Palace in Nyange, former traditional capital of the Gonja Kingdom.

Five Paramount Chiefs from the Savannah Region have been assigned by the Gonja Traditional Council to supervise in the raising of funds for the project.

Speaking at the fund raising ceremony held in Damongo last week, the Vice- President of the Gonja the Traditional council, Buipewura Abdulai Jinapor (II) appealed to the Chiefs and people of Gonjaland to take the redevelopment of the Nyange project very serious since the history of the Gonja kingdom can never be written without Nyange.

The Yagbonwura sought the advice of the over 50 Chiefs of Gonjaland who were present during the fund raising as to the way forward in raising the capital needed for the project.

The Chiefs came into a common consensus to mobilise the money through their own way of levying households in their respective jurisdictions to be able to meet the amount needed to undertake the project.

Buipewura Jinapor added that the fund raising is not only taking place in Ghana but also in the diaspora with many willing to donate money towards the realisation of the building of the Palace, adding that the people of Gonjaland must therefore put behind everything and contribute immensely since much efforts must be seen coming from the people of Gonjaland.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of WIACT Mr Rashid Wari briefed the C and people present about the efforts made so far about the project and a thanked the overlord of the Gonja Traditional area Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa (I) through Buipewura Abdulai Jinapor for the support so far made towards the realisation of the Nyange Project.

The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of WIACT said the Savannah region is not for only Gonjas but for every ethnic group that resides in the region hence the development of Savannah region is the responsibility of all resident in the region and so each and everyone must work together to lay a strong foundation for the development of the region.

Mr Wari said the project include the construction of a new palace that will include the primary residence for the King of Gonja, office spaces, and a large meeting Hall for a traditional parliament where every group in Savannah region will have a representation adding that apartments would be built for visiting Chiefs and dignitaries as well as a museum to house the historical, linguistic and cultural archives or ancestral heritage with the local people fully engaged in the process.

The palace at Nyange was the seat of Gonjaland before it was moved to Damongo by Yagbonwura Awushie in the year 1944.

Source: nkilgifmonline.com

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