Late Naa Andani Dasana Abdulai, Paramoung Chief, Bimbilla
Late Naa Andani Dasana Abdulai, Paramoung Chief, Bimbilla

Decade of grief

It is a decade of reflection and hope as I pen this with a deep sense of loss.


I strive to uphold the legacy of my beloved father, Naa Andani Dasana Abdulai, who was killed in 2014.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of his tragic death, and as we reflect on his life and legacy, it is essential to remember the values he stood for and the lessons we must learn as a kingdom.

His ascension to the throne was marred by controversy and opposition, yet he faced those challenges with unwavering resolve and dignity.

Through numerous court battles, he emerged victorious, proving his rightful place as the people's chosen leader – The Paramount Chief of Nanung (Bimbilla). However, despite legal victories, acceptance from his opponents remained elusive.

In a cruel twist of fate, on a peaceful day in 2014, while the king was engaged in the sacred act of prayer, his life was ended. This barbaric act of violence not only took away a beloved father and leader but also struck at the heart of our kingdom. 

he pain of losing a father in such a heinous manner is indescribable. It is a wound that time can never fully heal. His murder was not just an attack on our family, but a direct assault on the principles of justice, peace and humanity.

As we commemorate the 10th anniversary of his passing, it is imperative to reflect on the lessons we must draw from this tragedy. We either allow the darkness of the past to consume us or we honour the late king's legacy by working together towards a brighter future. 


First and foremost, we must turn to God in times of strife and uncertainty. He was a man of faith, and his devotion to prayer was a testament to his unwavering belief in the power of divine guidance. We must seek solace and direction from our faith.

We must trust in God's wisdom and justice even when human actions seem incomprehensible. Moreover, we must cultivate a deep respect for human life. The sanctity of life is a fundamental principle that transcends all differences—be they political, ethnic or religious.

My father's death was a stark reminder of the consequences of hatred and intolerance. It is a call to all of us to cherish and protect the lives of those around us, regardless of our disagreements. Every life lost to violence is a failure of our humanity. 


As we remember Naa Andani Dasana, let us also reflect on the potential for greatness in our kingdom. We are capable of so much more when we choose to value and uplift each other.

The king’s vision for Nanung was one of unity, progress and mutual respect. He believed in the power of strength that comes from standing together.

In the past decade, I have taken on the mandate to handle the affairs of our area, striving to honour a noble king’s legacy. It has been a journey of immense responsibility, but also one of profound learning.

 I have seen first-hand the resilience and potential of our people. I have witnessed moments of incredible unity and support, which remind me that, despite our past, we can build a better future.

Education and understanding are vital components of this journey. Too often, individuals who position themselves as educated elites misuse their influence to manipulate young minds, pushing some youth towards violence and chaos with misguided ideologies.

When faced with such manipulation, ask them to explain all the judgements from the courts in a way that is easy to understand.

With the right explanation and a little love for Nanung, you will find pride in joining the palace for the kingdom's development rather than feeling your presence marks a celebration of victory.

Remember, the truth stands firm; its outcome seldom surprises. We must educate ourselves and future generations about the importance of peace, respect and values.

We must learn from our history to ensure that such tragedies never happen again. Let’s create an environment where everyone feels valued and respected. Let us not only mourn his loss but also celebrate his life and the ideals he championed.


Let us commit to building a kingdom that honours his memory through acts of kindness, justice and respect for all.


It is within our power to transform our pain into a beacon of hope and progress. The barbaric murder of Naa Andani Dasana was a dark chapter in our history, but it must also be a turning point.

Let us honour his legacy by striving for a kingdom where faith, respect for human life and unity are paramount. Together, we can ensure that his vision for a better Nanung lives on, guiding us towards a future filled with promise and peace. Rest well, Naa Andani Dasana Abdulai.

Nyelinbolgu Naa Yakubu
Dasana Andani,
Regent of Bimbilla/acting President, Nanumba Traditional Council.


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