Yennenga, The Dagomba Princess
by Eric Bawah
Yennenga was very athletic and she leant to shoot arrows and throw spears. She also learnt the art of horse riding. At fourteen years of age, Yennenga started helping her father in battles. Because of her skill in battle, her father refused to give her away in marriage. Yennega loved fighting for her father in war but she also yearned to be a married woman and have children of her own. However, her father refused to give her away to any of the many suitors who sought her hand in marriage.