There is one paramountcy in the Builsa Districts referred to as the Builsa Traditional Area. The Traditional Authority area has twelve (12) divisional chiefs referred to as the “Kanbunabas” who are under the Sandema Nab. These sub-chiefs handle matters concerning chieftaincy, culture, traditions and issues relating to the various traditional councils and the individual sub-chiefs of which the Sandema Nab supersedes. The Chieftaincy institutions in collaboration with other stakeholders work to promote peace in the area.
Builsa North District is predominantly rural with agriculture as the main economic activity undertaken by self-employed farmers.The predominant ethnic group in the district is the Builsas. The Builsas constitute about majority of the entire population. The remaining populace are made up of minor ethnic groups comprising the Kantosi, Mamprusi, Sissala, Nankani, Mossi and some few migrants from Burkina-Faso. These tribes have co-existed over the years thus contributing to the development of the district.
The major religious denominations are Christians, Muslims, and Traditionalists. The largest mode of worship is the Traditional African Religion, which makes up the largest population followed by the Christian Religion and the Islamic religion . Other religions constitute about less of the total population. The traditionalists are mostly found in the rural parts of the district. Their spiritual roles contribute to enhancing peace and development in the district.
Festivals are significant practices in the Builsa Districts. The Feok festival is an annual festival celebrated to commemorate the defeat of Babatu and his notorious slave raiders by the ancestors of Builsa in the nineteenth century. The festival usually comes off in the third week of December and has virtually become a prelude to Christmas in the district. In view of its historic importance a number of tourists often participate in the celebration of the festival.
The traditional marriage system entails a distinctive practice of payment of bride price. A system where the family of the bridegroom carries out some marital obligations including the provision of cola nuts, a bottle of schnapps and some amount of money. The above arrangement serves to strengthen ties between families.
The patrilineal system of inheritance is practised. The eldest son inherits the deceased father in trust of the family. The system does not allow daughters access to heritable property within the traditional system which invariably denies women access to productive resources including lands.
Funeral rite is one of the most vital ceremonies among the people of Builsa Traditional Area. It is very significant as it indicates the final passage of the deceased to the ancestors or “the other world”.The funeral rite is divided into two sessions. The first referred to as “Kumca‟ is performed within the shortest possible time from the time of death. Burial takes place within a week and some rituals are performed for the deceased. The final funeral rite referred to as “Juuca‟ is performed after several successive meetings are held and a consensus is reached between the family heads.
Land in the Builsa Communities is not owned by individuals but rather the family heads, who take care of the land on behalf of the family.
The chief however oversees the distribution and sale of land. The Tindanas (original natives or first settlers) are the original owners of the land. The Builsa Communities possess some of the best spots for tourist attraction. They include the Sissili Central forest reserves with an area of about 155.09sq km, Abuga Crocodile pond in Uwasi, the Fiisa Shrine and the Doninga Slave Market.

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