Culture is the way of life of a people and has far reaching implications for the development of a district. It consists of the traditional set-up, ethnicity, traditional knowledge and values.

The traditional set-up of the area is constituted in a divisional manner. It consists of the divisional chiefs at Akaniem, Banda, Borae, Bejamse and Grubi; followed by Chiefs of major communities and lastly Odikros in minor settlements and their subjects in that order. This structure has created a peaceful and united atmosphere among the people of the area.


The aboriginal ethnic group in the district is the Nchumurus. There is a large settler population made up of mostly Konkombas, Tongu and Hausa speaking people.

Traditional Knowledge, Values, Attitudes and Practices

The indigenous people, who are the Nchumurus cherish traditional values, attitudes and practices. Some of the values of the people are celebration of annual Yam Festival, traditional marriage rites, burial and funeral rites, widowhood rites, puberty rites, and strict adherence to sacred days when nobody is expected to go farming and fishing. Besides, norms such as respect for the elderly, hard work, friendliness and humility are ingrained in the people.


The festival celebrated by the people in the district is the yam festival.  This major celebration attracts foreigners and brings people from all over the country to their traditional homes.  This serves as a way of generating additional revenue for the district. Through the festival, potential investors are exposed to the available resources in the District which could serve as a platform for investment. Further, the celebrations could be used to raise funds to support major development efforts in the District.  


The inhabitants of the district are very religious and are affiliated to one form of religion or the other.  These include Christianity, Islam, Traditional and those who do not belong to any religion at all. Christianity is the major religion in the district constituting about (56.6%) of the population, with Traditional African religion and Islam constituting 20.5 percent and 10.5 percent respectively. Other affiliations constitute (0.8%). High religious tolerance among the various religious groups has partly contributed to the existence of peace in the District.

Date Created : 11/23/2017 1:19:39 AM