Tamale has a population of approximately 360,000 and is the capital of the Northern Region of Ghana – one of the poorest of the country. Contrary to other urban centres in Ghana, Tamale consists of a mix of modern buildings and traditional mud block houses. The region is inhabited by different ethnic groups, and in rural areas the tribe, its traditions and chiefs hold important roles in communal life. In the last decades there has repeatedly been armed conflict between ethnic groups over land rights, political representation and religion.
Young woman tending her crop (photo: J. Lugtigheid)