The annual Ride for Peace was initiated in November 2004 in the Yendi Municipality of the Northern Region of Ghana. The competition was borne out of the need for pragmatic steps to stem the increasing factional armed hostilities following the murder of the Paramount chief of the Dagbamba people, Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II.
The Ride for Peace competition consists of sixty men and women deemed to be the best bicycle riders in their various area councils competing in a 15Km bicycle race in the midst of thousands of cheering spectators. It is a non partisan and a non sectarian competition which enjoys wide media coverage year after year. During the event; posters, banners and placards bearing peace messages are used to sensitize people on team work, peaceful collaboration and non- violence.
The principal goal of this initiative is to promote peace in the region by practicalising peace building and unity through visible joint activities with a sustainable individual and group interest. It has a principal objective of enabling communities to shift their attention from divisive issues to those things that unite them and project their common interest by engaging in a healthy competitive activity that will bridge the gap and hence peace. Another aspiration of this competition is to empower as well as create a platform for women to be seen on the same platform as men in all social endeavors.
This unique initiative and has been adjudged by the beneficiaries as the most practical and successful peace building intervention in the area. The project has had a remarkable impact on the people of the Yendi Municipality and it can be seen as a major contributing factor to the peace and unity that is currently. Besides its unifying force, the competition has: