The Mamprusi (Mam prue see) kingdom was founded around the sixteenth century. The kingdom spans most of the upper east region's of Ghana. The name of the kingdom is Mamprugu, the ethnicity is Mamprusi, and the language is Mampruli.
Seen as the origin of their ancestrial home, the Mamprusi's honor the hallowed grounds of Bawku. The tomb of the founding elder, Naa Gbanwah/Gbewah, is located in the small community of Pusiga; which is about 9 miles from Bawku.
Until recently, "Mamprusi" was a term mainly used by outsiders. They called themselves "Dagbamba," a term also used by their southern neighbors.
The settlements of the Mamprusi's usually consist of a grouping of circular compounds that are surrounded by farmland. The countryside of this area of northern Ghana is tropical uplands with open woodland. Agriculture is central to the Mamprusi economy, and the Mamprusi are hoe cultivators. Principal crops include millet, corn (maize), yams, okra, hibiscus, rice, and tobacco. Men clear the land and plant yams, while women sow and harvest the grain and transport crops from the fields. Hunting and fishing are secondary activities.