John S. Nabila

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Wulugu Naba
John Sebiyam Nabila
President National House of Chiefs
In office
President John Kufour, John Mahama
Succeeded by Togbe Afede XIV
Personal details
Born Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Residence Wulugu
Alma mater University of Ghana
Occupation Paramount Chief
Profession Development planner
Committees Board Member, GNPC

John S. Nabila is a Ghanaian geographer and academic. He is the Paramount Chief of the Wulungu traditional ruler in the Northern Region of Ghana. He served as the president of the National House of Chiefs from 2008 to 2016.[1][2][3] He is a member of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation board.

Early and working life

John Nabila hails from the Wulungu in the Northern Region of Ghana.[4] John S. Nabila was employed at the Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana, Legon as a lecturer. He rose to the rank of Associate professor and Head of Department. He also served as Head of the Population Impact Project, University of Ghana.[5] Because he has worked on several geography related issues in Ghana, he is seen as an advocate for improved family life policies.[5]

Chief of Wulugu

John Nabila was en-skinned as Wulugu Naba - Paramount chief of the Wulugu Traditional Area.[6] The traditional area is within the West Mamprusi district in the Northern Region of Ghana.[4] As paramount chief, he has sought for the well being of his people by promoting activities that encourage the improvement of the livelihood of his people.[4][7][8]

President of House of Chiefs

In 2008 he contested the presidency of the National House of Chiefs.[9] He won by obtaining 34 out of 47 valid votes cast. His contender was Daasebre Professor Oti Boateng, paramount chief of the New-Juaben Traditional Area, who had 13 votes.[9] He stood unopposed during the 2012 house elections.[3] As president of the house, he played several roles in advocating for improved health conditions for medical personnel and patients.[10] He used all avenues to preach peace to Ghanaians especially during national elections.[11] During his time as president, he authored the "National House of Chiefs’ Code of Royal Ethics for Chiefs", which is a reference material for the conduct of members of the House.[12] He also used his position to intervene and finding solutions national disputes including helping to resolve a 2015 impasse between striking medical Doctors and the Government of Ghana over conditions of service.[13] His term as president of the house ended in 2016.[14] He handed over to Togbe Afede XIV, the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State.[15]


In 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo appointed him to be a Board Member of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation.[16]


  1. ^ "Prof Nabila, to what use will your Pickups be to dying citizens? -". Retrieved 2017-12-02. 
  2. ^ "Prof. Nabila damns critics over Mahama's donation". Retrieved 2017-12-02. 
  3. ^ a b "Prof Nabila re-elected President of National House of Chiefs - Ghana Business News". Ghana Business News. 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2017-12-02. 
  4. ^ a b c "Wulugunaba appeals to gov't to speed road projects in Mamprigu traditional area". Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  5. ^ a b "Give Family Life High Priority - Nabila". Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  6. ^ Administrator. "Comments By Naa Prof John S. Nabila, Wulugunaba And President Of The National House Of Chiefs". Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  7. ^ "Chiefs and people of 3 Districts of Northern and Upper East Laud SADA –MVP interventions". Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  8. ^ "Wulugu Traditional area appeal to MOH". News Ghana. 2015-11-27. Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  9. ^ a b "Ghana: Professor Nabila Elected New President of NHC". Accra Mail (Accra). 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  10. ^ "Community Health Workers: Asset in healthcare delivery - Prof Nabila". Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  11. ^ "National House Of Chiefs Call For National Unity - Government of Ghana". Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  12. ^ "Kofi Dzamesi Vows to Educate Chiefs Avoid Partisanship". News Ghana. 2017-02-09. Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  13. ^ "Doctors' strike: House of Chiefs meets GMA, FWSC – Sankofa Online : Serving the Ghanaian Community of Chicago". Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  14. ^ Donkor, Kwadwo Baffoe. "Who becomes President of National House of Chiefs? - Graphic Online". Graphic Online. Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  15. ^ Taylor, Mildred Europa. "Chieftaincy: Togbe Afede is new National House of Chiefs president". Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  16. ^ "GNPC board sworn in". Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
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