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Sissala East

Region: Upper West Region
Member of Paliament: Gbentie, Alijata Sulemana


The culture of the people of the Sissala East constituency is dynamic. This dynamic culture has been handed over to the present generation by their forefathers through experience and reflection in an attempt to fashion and harmonise co-existence with the environment. Culture as a totality of the way of life seeks to establish linkages with the positive aspects of our past and present. Some of the positive cultural practices of the citizenry are the celebration of the "Naaba Gbiele" festival which is celebrated once every year. 
The Sissalas, like any other tribe in Ghana have their own social gathering which include; outdooring, weddings, burials, dressing and the like. 
Communal Spirit
The people of the constituency have a strong enthusiasm for communal labour. With the assistance of the Assemblymen and Women, CBOs, Unit Committee members and other voluntary organizations are put in place to facilitate self-help development Example of these projects include; construction of schools and KVIP in communities such as Peing, Bujan and Tumu.
Cultural Practices
Female genital mutilation (FGM) which was paramount among the indigenous people has reduced drastically. This could be attributed to, sensitization carried out by the DA, NGOs, and CBOs through fora, durbars, media and community dialogue which might have gone down well with the people. Except Wellembelle and some few communities where there are some minor conflicts, there is generally peaceful co-existence among the people. Measures will be put in place to curb the prevailing minor conflicts.
The topography of the constituency is characterized by relatively flat lands with a few hills and many outcrops of fesh granite. The constituency is drained by two major tributaries of the White Volta; the Kulpown and Sissala rivers.
The climate of the Sisssala constituency is tropical-continental as experienced in the Northern Regions of Ghana. Temperatures throughout the year are high and this favours growth. The rainfall pattern is characterized by a single rainy seasonfrom May to September with the total number of rainy days ranging between 70 to 80 days.
The Sissala constituency is located in the Guinea Savanna vegetation belt. The vegetation consists of grasses with scattered fire resistant trees such as the shea tree the baobab and the dawadawa trees. Acacia is also a common tree of this vegetation belt.
The heterogeneous collections of trees provide all domestic requirements for fuel wood and charcoal, construction of houses, cattle kraals and fencing of gardens. The shorter shrubs and grasses provide fodder for livestock.
The sheanut tree is one that is of great economic asset to the constituency and head portage has been the most common means of transporting the fruits from the farms to the houses. Provision of the most appropriate means of transport will greatly enhance the business in sheanuts.
There are a variety of soils in the constituency including savannah ochrosols, tropical brown earth and alluvial soils.

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