Ghana used to be called the Gold Coast, an indication of its great wealth. It features 10 regions and over 12 million cities, towns and villages. It is the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to attain independence from colonial rule.
I’m pleased to present you the A-Z of this beautiful west African powerhouse.
A – Accra
The nation’s capital is here and is often known as “the industrial headquarters of Ghana”. It is the gateway to the outside world both by air and by sea. It is also the seat of government and the first taste of the richness of Ghana for any visitor.
B – Bosomtwi
Lake Bosumtwi, also sometimes spelled Bosomtwe, is a lake formed by an ancient meteorite strike in the Ashanti Region. The name means ‘Antelope god’ because it is said to be discovered by a hunter chasing an antelope that disappeared into the lake. The lake is seen as very sacred place to the Ashanti people who live in the area. It is about a half an hour drive from Kumasi. The shore is dotted with villages and it is believed the population in the area is close to 70,000.
C – Culture
Ghana is a country of diverse and harmonious cultures which make the nation an exciting and peaceful place to visit. The Akans, are the largest, and potentially the oldest Ghanaian tribe. They are predominantly found in the Ashanti region. They possess great wealth and rich cultural heritage.
The Fantes, Ewes and Gas are spread along the coastal areas with the Hausa, Dagomba and Dagbani located in the Northern parts of Ghana.
D – Development
Ghana is the hub of many new and existing technologies! It has become a go-to place for many foreign investors, thus bringing positive diversifying effects on the nation’s economy. From multi-million dollar franchises to several e-commerce platforms, Ghana is fast becoming a one-stop destination for many businesses and investors.
E – Evergreen
As depicted in the flag of this nation, the green represents the flourishing agricultural and horticultural embodiment of Ghana. Wherever you go, the land is viable for cultivation of several crops and the production of livestock. Evergreen forests, as well as amazing landscapes, add to the already beautiful nature of the country.
F – Festivals
When you think of festivals world-wide, with rich heritage, culture and tradition, look no further, Ghana is the place for you! From bi-weekly to yearly festivals, food festivals, and war-reminiscent festivals, you are likely to be “dazzled” all year round. Many people from all walks of life travel here to witness firsthand the rich culture on display.
Notable festivals include the Afahye, Hogbetsotso, Homowo, Kundum and Akwasidae.
G – Gold
Gold is a major export commodity for Ghana, with this precious metal bringing in nearly 48% of the country’s revenue. After South Africa, Ghana is the largest gold producer in Africa. Ghana’s largest mine is Tarkwa, owned by Gold Fields Ltd. The Tarkwa Gold Mine is located in south-western Ghana, about 300 kilometers west of Accra. The gold is also used to make beautiful ornaments and regalia which are worn by chiefs and traditional leaders on special occasions, including durbars, festivals and national events. Also many women wear golden bracelets, rings and necklaces during their marriage ceremonies.
I hope you enjoyed the first part of this three-part series.