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18.01.2007 Obituaries

Sandem Nab Is Dead

By Daily Graphic
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The Sandem Nab, Dr Azantilow Ayieta, the Paramount Chief of the Builsa Traditional Area in the Upper East Region, is dead.

The late chief died after a short illness on November 14, 2006.

Nab Dr Azantilow was born in the Upper East Region around 1900. He started life as a shepherd and later became a prominent farmer.

In 1931, he ascended to the throne as Sandem Nab and paramount chief of the Builsas, a position he occupied until his death late last year.

That feat made him the oldest reigning chief and the most celebrated traditional ruler in the country.

He is survived by many wives, many children as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The Daily Graphic, in its November 20, 2006 issue, carried a profile of the celebrated chief whose reign spanned nearly 75 years.

 In recognition of his contribution to the development of his people, the University for Development Studies (UDS) awarded him an honorary Doctorate degree.

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