The King and Overlord of the Dagbon State has clarified how his title should be mentioned. In effect, he has asking the public to stop calling him “Ya-Na Abukari Mahama II”.
In a statement issued on August 12 by the Secretary to Ndan Ya-Naa, Abdul-Rahaman Mohammed of the Office of the Ya-Na in the Gbewaa Palace, the place requested that the right photographs of the King are also used by media houses.
Therefore, from henceforth, the name ‘Mahama’ has been taken away from the title of the Overlord of Dagbon for it to remain as ‘Ya-Na Abukari II.”
Excerpts of the statement read:
“The office of the King and Overlord of Dagbon, Ndan Ya-Ya Abukari II, wish to humbly draw the attention of all Media Houses that, the office has observed with keen interest the constant use of a particular picture of the king anytime they want to carry news relating to Naa Gbewaa’s Palace.”
“According to the Dagbon tradition and customs, the said picture though is that of the King, actually portrayed that the regalia worn indicated that the King was in the process of performing his father’s rites.”
“We wish to use this opportunity to inform all our cherished Media Houses that, the said picture should not be used, according to Dagbon tradition and customs, since he is no more in a state of funeral performance.”
“Also, he should be addressed as Ya-Na Abukari II and not Ya-Na Abukari Mahama II.
In Ghana, when you mention Mahama, it is only one person who comes to mind. Perhaps, the Overlord of Dagbon does not want to compete with him for the name.