The enskinment of Yapeiwura Alhassan Soale of the Soalepe Gate of the Kusawgu Traditional area as the new Kusawguwura (Paramount Chief of the Kusawgu Traditional area of Gonja) will take place on Saturday 20th March, 2021 at Kusawgu in the Central Gonja District of the Savannah Region.
Yapeiwura Alhassan Soale was nominated by the King and Ovelord of Gonja Yagbongwura Tuntumba Boressa (I) in accordance to the traditions of the Kusawgu Traditional area and Gonja to succeed Kusawguwura Kunkarga from the Adamape gate who passed on on 19th January, 2021.
The Kusawgu skin rotates among four (4) Royal Gates namely Soalepe (Awurbipe), Adamape, Jakpape and Woyope.
The Kusawgu Skin of Gonja is one of the five divisional skins that ascends the Yagbon Skin of Gonja. The rest are Wasipe, Kpembe, Bole, and Tuluwe.
The current King Overlord of Gonja Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa (I) ascended the Yagbon Skin from the Kusawgu skin.
Profile of Nominated Paramount Chief of Kusawgu Traditional area as presented by Ibrahim Mahafuzu Sappor
Known in private life as Assistant Chief Fire Office (ACFO Retired) Alhassan Soale, the nominated Kusawguwura was born in September 1944 at Yapei to Kusawguwura Soale Bunyanso (I) of the Soalepei gate of the Kusawgu Traditional Area. He started his primary Education at Kusawgu primary and proceeded to Salaga L/A Middle School from 1956 to 1959.
He got employed as a messenger at the Information Services Department and later elevated to Assistant store Keeper in 1961.
On 3rd January, 1966, He got enrolled to the fire Service Training school for a 4 weeks Training program but it later turned out to be 9-month training due to the overthrow of President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Government in February, 1966
The nominated Kusawguwura graduated from the Fire Service Training School in September 1966.
Work With Fire Service
Nominated Kusawguwura Alhassan Soale Bunyanso (II), started work as recruit Fireman in November, 1966 at the Airport fire station in Tamale.
In 1967 he was moved to the Tamale Fire station, where he obtained the Ranks of Sub Officer in 1970 and Station Officer in 1974.
He was transferred to Accra in 1978, Bolga in the upper East in 1979 and Yendi in 1981
He got elevated to the Rank Assistant Divisional Fire Officer in 1978, and transferred to Denu in the Volta Region as the District Fire Officer in 1982
In 1983, due to his hard work and determination he was again promoted to Divisional Officer grade II.
Nominated Kusawguwura Soale Bunyanso (II) was again transferred from Denu to Damongo in 1984 as the District Fire Officer.
He later got transferred to Tumu in the Upper West Region in 1993 and after a year he was brought to Tamale in 1995.
Nominated Kusawguwura Alhassan Soale Bunyanso (II) obtained the status of the Divisional Officer Grade I in 1998 and was again transferred to Damongo as the District fire Officer
At Damongo he was promoted to Assistant Chief Fire Officer and retired in September, 2004 on the same rank.
Then Mr Alhassan Soale (ACFO Retired) was first enskinned as the Kesaanyawura of the Kusawgu Traditional Area in the year 2009.
He was enskinned as the Yapeiwura in June, 2014, the mentorship skin of the Kusawgu Traditional Area, stepping into the footsteps of His Father Ewurbi Soale (I) who ruled Yapei for 33 years until his elevation to the Kusawgu Skin in 1967 and his Elder Brother YapeiWura Braimah Soale (II).
He was elated to Kusawguwura Alhassan Soale Bunyanso (II) after taken customary Kola as the Kusawguwura on 12th February, 2021 from Jira Yagbon wura Tumtumba Boressa I at the Jakpa Palace after the funeral rites of the late Kusawguwura Samuel Sulemana Ewuntomah Kunkaraga (I)
The nominated Kusawguwura is married with three Children.
“When I joined my ancestors, I will have a good Story to tell. That during my reign as Yapeiwura, Yapei can now boast of portable Drinking Water” June 2019.
Achievements as Yapeiwura
1. Through his personal appeal to the President of the Republic, A small Town water system has being constructed at Yapei.
2. Release Land for the Construction of a Fire Station in Yapei
3. Yapei Port Reopened through Public Private Partnership after 47 years of inactivity through his advocacy and call on private investor to take up the facility
4. Continues advocacy for the establishment of 2nd cycle School at Yapei
5. Continues Advocacy for the Split of Central Gonja District into 2 Districts
6. Release Land in Yapei for the Commencement of the Damongo and Tamale Water Projects