Franz Kröger

The Bulsa in the Latest Publications of the Population Census 2000

In BULUK2 we published a short note headed More than 100,000 Bulsa. After three more volumes of the Ghana Population Census 2000 appeared in March 20021, we can say that our surmise was rather an understatement, for alone in Ghana 118,708 Bulsa were enumerated. Considering that many Bulsa are living in other African countries as well as on all the other continents of our earth, their real number will probably be around 120,000. In the Upper East Region there lived 64,603 Bulsa (Summary Report p. 23), in the Bulsa District 75,375 inhabitants were enumerated (ibid. p. 50). This means that at least 10,772 of the last are non-Bulsa.

We also get to know interesting news about the inhabitants of the largest Bulsa villages (Special Report on 20 largest Localities, p. 72). As for the Bulsa District these 20 localities with data about their inhabitants are listed up as follows (other data about sex, housing etc. are left out here):

Sandema 4,459 Siniensi-Kaasa 859

Fumbisi 1,864 Kanjarga-Jiningsa 849

Awichana-Yeri 1,140 Sandema-Fiisa 806

Fumbisi-Baansa 1,131 Sandema-Nyansa 800

Gbedema-Jagsa-Garibiemsa 1,049 Sinyangsa-Badomsa 799

Chuchuliga Central 963

Gbedema-Kunkwak 778

Wiaga Central 963

Fumbisi-Kasisa 765

Wiaga Central 897

Chiok-Alonga Yeri 763

Moteesa-Sinyangsa 885 Sandema-Kandema-Kawansa 728 Fumbisi-Naadem 859

Korri Alab Yeri 687

An analysis of these numbers will provide more data. The total number of e.g. all Sandema inhabitants (including all the sections) are not given, since only the 20 largest localities (sections, villages) are listed up. Summing up only the localities mentioned in the table (see above) and leaving out the not mentioned smaller sections results in the following numbers of inhabitants in the three biggest “villages”: Sandema 7,477

Fumbisi 4,619

Wiaga 4,307

Most probably also Fumbisi and Wiaga would reach numbers over 5000 if we include all the smaller sections, but for Sandema there is a mathematical security. The borderline between 4999 and 5000 inhabitants is, however, of great importance for the statistics of Ghana. On page viii of the Summary Report of Final Results (March 2002) we can read:

'The rural/urban classification of localities is population based, with a population size of 5000 or more being urban and less than 5000 being rural, as used in earlier censuses'.

As Sandema appears in other tables and statistics of the Census as having only 4456 inhabitants, its is obvious that there is apparently no urban locality (“town”) in the Bulsa District as the list in the Special Report on Urban Localities (March 2002) proves.

In the following months up to June 2003 more volumes of the Census will appear. The District Profile Reports to be published between January and June 2003 will certainly bring more details about the population in the Bulsa District.

1 I thank Gosper Awen (from Sandema Bilinsa) for sending me the volumes discussed in this article.