Originally Gambaga has been created in 1900. The theory goes that a woman and her son who were on their way to the hills to be killed for witchcraft saw an Imam passing with.his entourage and threw themselves at his feet, begging him to spare their lives. He took them into the mosque and had them swear on the Qu'ran they would never practice.witchcraft again. The woman became a servant to the mosque, while the young boy was put into Islamic education and became a devout Muslim. Word spread that the mosque.was a sanctuary for women accused of witchcraft and they soon had hundreds of women when the Imam ordered the witches to be taken to the Gambarana, who was said to.have the spiritual powers to control the women. Today the Gambarana is respected not only by the women of the camp but also by villagers from North East of Ghana.