Pognaa Janet Dery
Pognaa Janet Dery of Zambo within the complex of the Paramount Chief in Lawra in the Upper West Region of Ghana on 28 June 2015. The term "pognaa" is the feminine equivalent of "naa", or chief. A pognaa is responsible, in particular, for the wellbeing of women and children in her area of authority. While the title translates as "woman chief", in practice her authority is subject to a male chief. The role of the pognamine (plural of pognaa) is being revived after having been suppressed during the colonial era, and they are increasingly seen as a force for development.