Private Project

"The Forgotten Kingdom? Chronicle of the North..."

Naa Gbewa a prince and Calvary man, who came and established his empire in modern day Ghana, Burkina Faso and Togo. He was the first to introduce Chieftaincy as a system of government in this region, the first King of modern day Ghana. This documentary is about Naa Gbewa, about the roots of his empire, how it grew and finally fell apart. By educating the people about their common history the documentary is meant to promote peace and unity in northern Ghana and Ghana as a whole.

  • Roland Sumani Seini (Mandiaya)
    Director, Researcher, Project manager
  • Roland Sumani Seini (Mandiaya)
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    Historical, Afrian history, migration, Political, African heritage
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    1 hour 7 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 18, 2016
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Director Biography - Roland Sumani Seini (Mandiaya)

Roland Suman Seini (Mandiaya) is a Researcher, Film maker and Founder of Chaka Orleans Heritage Foundation. Sumani’s vision is to re - document African history from the African perspective and incubate community development project which are youth led. Mandiaya led a research into the origins of Naa Gbewa, founder of the Dagbamba Kingdom (Mole – Dagbani Empire) and produced/ directed a documentary on him titled “The Forgotten Kingdom? Chronicle of the North...” He and his team travelled 12,000km throughout the five Northern regions of Ghana, Burkina Faso and Togo to establish fact about Naa Gbewa’s empire, a history from the 11th century to present day. Sumani Seini has worked as a strategist for the Ghana International Trade Fair 2016 in Tamale. He was a guest lecturer at University of Ghana (Legon), University of Development studies (Tamale, Ghana), University of Vienna (Austria) and Management Center Innsbruck (Austria). “The Forgotten Kingdom? Chronicles of the North…” has tour festivals and institutions in Ghana and abroad such as University of Ghana, University of Development Studies (Tamale, Ghana), University of Vienna (Austria), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Management Center Innsbruck (Austria), Afro Asiatic Institute (Graz, Austria), Social Machinery Festival (Italy), Goethe Institute (Accra, Ghana), Stellenbosch University ( South Africa), I Rep Documentary film Festival (Lagos, Nigeria), African World Documentary Film Festival, San Diego State University (USA), Chale Wote Street Art Festival (Accra, Ghana). Mandiaya founded the Northern Experience a platform to promote and educate the public on Northern Ghanaian culture, people and history. Mandiaya led and produced a theatre adaptation of his film The Forgotten Kingdom? Chronicles of the North… titled Naa Gbewa which was performed at the National Theatre of Ghana twice during the Naa Gbewa – The Northern Experience Event and the National Theatre Festival. Mandiaya's upcoming film and research project is titled Oguaaman. He currently lives in Accra, Ghana.

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Director Statement

To re- document African history as a tool to its development.