The West Mamprusi Municipal is one of 45 new districts created in 1988 under the Government of Ghana’s decentralization and was later replaced with LI 2061 in 2012.

With its administrative capital as Walewale, it now forms part of the 28 Municipalities and District in the Northern Region of Ghana.

The Municipality is located within longitudes 0°35’W and 1°45’W and Latitude 9°55’N and 10°35’N. It has a total land size area of 2610.44 sq km.

It shares boundaries with East Mamprusi Municipal and Gushegu Municipal to the east; North Gonja, Savelugu Municipal and Kumbungu District to the south; Builsa North District, Kassena-Nankana Municipal and Bolgatanga Municipal (Upper East Region) to the north and; to the west, Mamprusi Moagduri District.

The population of the Municipality according to 2010 population and housing census stands at 121,117 with 59,566 males and 61,551 females.