Presiding Chiefs

Susan Herlin, Zo-Simli-Naa (Prof. Emerita), History and Pan-African Studies,

University of Louisville and CEO , Kilimanjaro Foods Inc

A Dagbon Personality of the Year in 2006, a consultant of the Sister Cities Organizations in Louisville (SCL), and CEO of Kilimanjaro Foods, Inc. Prof. Susan Herlin is also the “Development Chief” of Tamale Metropolitan Area with the title “Zo-Simli-Naa”. In the late 1990s, Zo-Simli-Naa was the Executive Producer of a Damba Festival in Louisville, Kentucky featuring visitors from Ghana and the around the Diaspora. The Damba Festival in Louisville attested to her substantial long-term involvement with the peoples of northern

Ghana and her immense role in promoting peace and development in Dagban particularly. This year, she is among the chiefs who will preside at the 2012 festival. In her role as Zo-Simli- Naa, Prof. Herlin continues to work tirelessly to bring development to the people of Dagbon and has been instrumental in instituting the Tamale Scholarship and Aid Fund, a program that has aided many children through the secondary school system and university in Ghana. The title Zo-Simli-Naa was conferred upon Prof. Herlin by the late Ya Naa Yakubu Andani III to honor her tireless efforts for promotion of peace and development in Dagbon, her second home.

Naa Issah Samori

Naa Issah Samori migrated to the United States in 1969. He is one of the pioneers whose contribution to the formation of Ghana Northern Union of Chicago in 1997 a success. Naa Samori was enskinned in 2000 following the sudden death of Naa T.A. Mohammed, co-founder of Ghana Northern Union. Naa Samori and Ghana Northern Union of Chicago lead the way in securing donations estimated over $3,000,000 of medical equipment and educational supplies to Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions of Ghana. He is married with two children.

Gukpe-Naa Alhassan Abdulai

Gukpe-Naa Alhassan Abdulai, known in private life as Gundana was born at Voggu in the Tolon-Kumbungu district in the Northern region in 1948. He started as a farmer and later moved into petty- trading. He moved into Kumasi in the late 1960s where he started supplying food items to the garrison.

Gukpe-Naa Alhassan Abdulai moved to Accra in 2001 to continue his business as a contractor for the supply of foodstuff to the military. He was first enskinned as the Chief of Kushibo in the Voggu traditional area in 2008 and in the same year moved to Kpalin in the savelugu district as the Kpalin Lana. It was from there that Naa Alhassan Abdulai was enskinned as the Gukpe-Naa on March 23, 2012.