One major event which transpired after we attained our independence was a tribal war which was fought between the Konkomba, Nawuri, Nchumuru, and Basare tribes, versus the Nanumba, Dagomba and Gonja tribes on the other side. A confrontation so catastrophic that it claimed the lives of at least 1000 inhabitants of Northern Ghana_ 150,000 people were also displaced in effect. The war was sparked on 31 January 1994 in the market of a small town called Nakpayili, near the Togolese border over the price of a guinea fowl. Initially, the clash occurred between two men: a Konkomba and a Nanumba. The two men were engaged in an intense form of bargaining for a black guinea-fowl. The issue intensified a bit when one of the men outbid the other for the guinea-fowl . Next day, the man outbid killed his rival, the Nanumba man sparking a conflict between the two tribes. It has to be said though, that the conflict was not borne out of the incident with the guinea-fowl alone but was the point at which longstanding grievances over land ownership and disagreements between tribal leaders finally erupted. A military task force was deployed by the government to restore order, but a state of emergency in the region remained in force until mid-August 1994. The military was able to slow the conflict by pouring hot water on them during the fight_ there was the signing of a peace agreement between the two principal tribes together with seven others.
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