List of rulers of the Kingdom of Dagbon

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This is a list of the monarchs of the traditional Kingdom of Dagbon, the kingdom of the Dagomba people, located in northern Ghana.[1]

The term Ya-Na means "king of strength" in the Dagbani language. It was adopted by king (Na) Sitobu, and has since been the term for the king of Dagbon.

Tenure Incumbent Notes
c. 1250 Tohazie Tohazie and his group of invader hunters arrive in northern Ghana and southern Burkina Faso c. 1250 to c. 1260.
c. 1300 Kpugnumbo Son of Tohazie and princess of the King of the Mali Empire. Becomes chief of Biung c. 1300.
c. 1320 to c. 1365 Gbewa First king of greater Dagbon.
c. 1365 to c. 1375 Zirli First son of Na Gbewa.
c. 1375 to 1384 Tohagu Third son of Na Gbewa. Moved greater Dagbon capital from Pusiga to Gambaga in c. 1378. His grandson by his only daughter Princess Yaniega creates early Mossi states.
1384 to 1414 Sitobu, Ya-Na Youngest son of Na Gbewa. Establishes new Dagomba state c. 1409.
1415 to 1432 Nyagsi, Ya-Na Son of Sitobu. Built new capital at Diari.
1432 to 1442 Zulandi, Ya-Na
1442 to 1454 Bierigudeera, Ya-Na
1454 to 1469 Darigudeera, Ya-Na His son marries the daughter of a local chief in Bouna and their son, Bounkani, establishes the Bouna Kingdom.
1469 to 1486 Zolgu, Ya-Na
1486 to 1506 Zongma, Ya-Na
1506 to 1514 Ningmitooni, Ya-Na
1514 to 1527 Dimani, Ya-Na
1527 to 1543 Yanzoe, Ya-Na
1543 to 1554 Darizegu, Ya-Na
1554 to 1570 Luro, Ya-Na
1570 to 1589 Titugri, Ya-Na
1589 to 1608 Zagli, Ya-Na
1609 to 1648 Zokuli, Ya-Na
1627 to 1648 Gungobili, Ya-Na
1648 to 1677 Zangyina, Ya-Na
1677 to 1687 Andani I Sighle Bangumanga, Ya-Na
1687 to 1700 Djingle "Binbiegu", Ya-Na
1700 to 1720 Gareba, Ya-Na
1720 to 1735 (Nasalan) Ziblim Saa, Ya-Na
1735 to 1740 Ziblim Bandamda, Ya-Na
???? to ???? Andani I Djangbarga, Ya-Na
???? to ???? Mahama I Korgu, Ya-Na
1740 to 1760 Ziblim Kulunku, Ya-Na
1760 to 1778 Andani II Jangbariga, Ya-Na
1778 to 1799 Sumani Zwole, Ya-Na
1799 to 1839 Yakubu I, Ya-Na
1864 to 1876 Abdulai I, Ya-Na
1876 to 1899 Andani II, Ya-Na
1899 to 1899 Darimani, Ya-Na
1899 to 1917 Alasani, Ya-Na
1920 to 1920 Bukari Andani, Ya-Na Abdicated.
1917 to 1938 Abdulai II, Ya-Na Ruled as regent until 1920; after Bukari Andani's abdication, ruled from 1920 to 1938.
1938 to 6 February 1948 Mahama II, Ya-Na
1948 to 1953 Mahama III, Ya-Na
1953 to 1967 Abdulai III, Ya-Na
1968 to 1969 Andani III, Ya-Na
12 September 1969 to 1974 Abdulai IV, Ya-Na
1974 to 27 March 2002 Yakubu II, Ya-Na Assassinated by a group of thirty to forty people. A successor has not been installed due to disputes.

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