It is fair to say President Nana Akufo-Addo’s presence at the coronation of the new Overlord of Dagbon kingdom grabbed all the headlines.
The President touched down in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale, on Thursday, January 24, 2019 for the historic event.
The coronation of Ya Naa Abukari Mahama II successfully followed on Friday, January 25, 2019, at the Gbewa Palace.
Despite the constant show of the Northern Region’s rich culture, it was Nana Addo’s attire that caught the attention of many.
The President was elegantly dressed, albeit in an unusual attire, as he wore a yellow smock to go with yellow boots.
Here are four things you may not have known about Nana Addo’s attire for the Ya Naa’s coronation:
1. The yellow signifies peace
Many people have wondered why President Akufo-Addo went in for an all-yellow outfit for the ceremony.
Some have even described his attire as unfashionable, but the fact is that the colour yellow symbolizes peace to the people of Northern Region.
Having lived in chaos for the past 20 years, there was the need to celebrate the crowning of a new Ya Naa and the President made sure he wore an attire that matched the occasion.
2. The trousers is called Kurugu
The pair of trousers worn by President Akufo-Addo is known as Kurugu. It is sewn from several yards of fugu (smock) that reaches the ankle and comes out bulky in nature.
The kurugu is hand-made and is typically worn by royals.
3. The leather boots are known as Mugri
Another thing about President Akufo-Addo’s attire that you may not have known is his boots.
The long red boots he wore are known as Mugri. They are also hand-made and are perfectly suited to the Kurugu which is tucked into the boots.
4. The outfit is normally worn by royals
The Kurugu, mugri and handwoven smock is a combination usually worn by royals in Dagbon or people of high repute.
However, the outfit can also sometimes be worn by takai dancers.