The Government of the People of the North
These kingdoms had almost the same system of
administration. for instance, among the Mamprusi,
the Nayiri was the supreme ruler over the whole
kingdom. He was the law giver, he declared war, made
peace, and administered justice. He was assisted by a
council of state elders in which sat officials like the
Tarana, the Wudana, the Kpanarana and the Nazo.
On matters of grave importance, the Nayiri might
consult the divisional chiefs also. They numbered five
and were, like the Nayiri, the executive heads of the districts under
their charge. They too had their council
of divisional elders as well as sub-chiefs and village
This new system of central administration, with its
hierarchy of chiefs and definite channels of command,
did not destory the loose one of the defeated tribes.
The Tindana's office was not abolished; he was consulted
on matters of importance and he played an
important role in the installation of a paramount chief.
Succession to both the paramountcy and all the other
categories of chieftancy was through the male line.
Thus only sons and brothers of chiefs were eligible. In
the case of the paramountey, these princes of royal
blood had to be chiefs of particular villages, which in
the Dagomba kingdom, were Miong, Savelugu and
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