The Nadowli-Kaleo District is centrally located in the Upper West region of Ghana. It lies between latitude 100 201 and 110 301 north and longitude 31 101 and 21101 west. It is bordered to the south by Wa Municipal, west by Burkina Faso, north by Jirapa and Lambussie-Karni Districts and to the east by the Daffiama-Bussie-Issa District.

The Nadowli-Kaleo District Assembly have 47 assembly members 44 males and 3 Females and also the district have seven (7) sub-structures.

The Nadowli-Kaleo District, with a territorial size of 1,132.02 km2 extends from the Billi Bridge (4km from WA) to the Dapuori Bridge (almost 12km from Jirapa) on the main Wa-Jirapa-Hamile road. From west to east, it extends from the Black Volta to Daffiama.

Nadowli Kaleo District Assembly is one of the 11 Assemblies in the Upper West Region. The Nadowli-Kaleo District was carved out of the then Nadowli District in June 2012 under Legislative Instrument (L.I) 2101 with Nadowli as its capital. the Assembly exercises deliberative, legislative, and executive functions in the Municipality. The district is centrally located in the Upper West region of Ghana. It lies between latitude 11º 30°and 10° 20º north and longitude 3° 10º and 2°10º west. The Nadowli-Kaleo District Assembly shares administrative boundaries with Wa Municipal to the South, west by Burkina Faso, north by Jirapa Municipal and to the east by the Daffiama Bussie Issa District. It covers a total land area of 2,742.50km2.

According to the 2021 population census, the Nadowli-Kaleo District has a total population of 77,0575 made up of 46.7 per cent male and 53.29 per cent female with a growth rate of 1.8%. The situation amplifies the need to mainstream gender in the pursuance of development in the District, as they constitute majority of the population.

  • Topography and Drainage

The land of the district is generally low lying but gently undulating at altitudes ranging between 150m-300m above sea level though some parts average 600m. There is one major stream, the Bakpong and several ephemeral streams, which flow into the Black Volta.

The Nadowli-Kaleo District lies within the tropical continental or guinea savannah woodland characterized by shrubs and grassland with scattered medium sized trees. Some economic trees found in the district are kapok, shea, baobab, mango and dawadawa and these are resistant to both fire and drought.

The district has a mean annual temperature of 32°C and a mean monthly temperature ranging between 36°C in March to 27°C in August. Mean annual rainfall is about 1100mm with its peak in August. Between October and March there is virtually no rain, and this long dry season becomes harsh by the dry north-eastern harmattan winds. Relative humidity is between 70 and 90 percent during the rainy season but is as low as 20 percent during the long dry season.

  • Population

The age group 10-14 has the highest population representing 14.0 per cent with the age group 65+ having the lowest population of 0.1 per cent. About 58 per cent of the population are 15 years and older.

According to the 2010 population census, the District had a total population of 63,141 and is projected to be 72,828 for the year 2018. This population is made up of 35,792 male (49.4%) and 36,207 female (50.6%) as indicated in the table below together with the corresponding growth rates as well. 


The major festivals celebrated in the Nadowli Kaleo District are the Willaa celebrated by the people of Takpo, Kalibi celebrated by the people of Sankana, Zenbenti Festival by the people of Kaleo traditional area and Bonbiu by the people of Charikpong. Except for the Wilaa and Kalibi the others have been dormant for some time now. The revival of these festivals is very essential since as they create a forum for deliberations on key issues and finding solutions to problems affecting community development.


The vision of the Nadowli-Kaleo District Assembly is to create a just, free, productive, and prospective society for sustainable development.


The Nadowli-Kaleo District Assembly exists to ensure optimum improvement in the quality of life of the people through the efficient, effective mobilization and utilization of resources with the participation of the people on sustainable basis.