Yaa Naa Abubakari Mahama II is the overlord of Dagbon and successor to Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II, who lost his life in 2002 in clashes that led to sixteen years of conflict in which the funeral for the late chief could not be held or a successor chosen. Following mediation by the Committee of Eminent Chiefs led by Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, an amicable settlement was reached between the two royal families of Abudu and Andani and peace returned to Dagbon.
Ya Naa Mahama II was born to Yaa Naa Mahama II and Duhili Ayishetu, daughter of Kulunkpe-Naa Abukari in 1939. He is a grandson of Yaa Naa Andani II and a paternal uncle to late Yaa Naa Yakubu. His ascendancy to the highest office of Dagbon was in accordance with the Dagbon Constitution of 1930 and a Supreme Court decision of December 1986 that ordered that only occupants of the gate skins of Mion, Karaga and Savelugu are eligible to contest the kingship of Dagbon. The Kuga-Naa, Abdulai Adam; the Gushie Naa and two other kingmakers after consulting the oracles to guide them in the choice of a right candidate, through the time tested Dagbon customs and traditions in the process of selecting a new Yaa Naa settled on him as the new occupant of the Gbewaa Palace.
He had earlier been appointed to the Kpunkpuno skin near Yendi in the late 1990s and then to the Gate skin of Savelugu as paramount chief in 2011. The Yaa Naa is a prominent farmer and mentor to many farmers in northern Ghana.