I’m back with a continuation of the A-Z of Ghana; a country of great heritage and people!
H – History
The journey to independence, Ghana’s leaders, great moments in sports; all these support that Ghana is historically rich and worthy of appreciation. Great kings and queens have graced this great nation.
I – Islam
At least 20% of Ghana’s population are Muslims. They reside predominantly in the northern region but travel nationwide for trade and education. The peaceful co-existence between Christians and other religions in Ghana is commendable.
J – Justice
Ghana’s motto is; “Freedom and Justice”. With functional courts and renowned judges, the judicial system in Ghana is deemed as one of the very best in Africa.
K – Kumasi
Kumasi is the capital city of the Ashanti region. Famously known as the garden city of Ghana, this amazing city houses “the Ashantis”. It is also the home of gold, great history and monuments. Kumasi is one city one cannot miss when in Ghana.
L – Longitude 0°: the earth’s centre
According to Matt Rosenberg, the Greenwich meridian passes through Ghana in the industrial city of Tema. “The point at which the equator (0° latitude) and the prime meridian (0° longitude) intersect has no real significance but it is in the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean, about 380 miles (611 kilometers) south of Ghana.” Consequently, Ghana is said to be “the centre of the earth”.
M – Monuments
With several castles, forts, museums and historical monuments, Ghana is undoubtedly a country full of exciting places to see if planning a trip to Africa. The James Fort, Usher Fort, Cape Coast and the Elmina castles are popular locations for tourists and locals alike!
N – Nature
Ghana has a many forests and mountains spread across the country. The Atlantic Ocean serves as a coast for many cities in the country. Lake Bosomtwi, River Densu, River Pra, Mole National Park, Buabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary and Mount Afadjato are a few examples of the rich nature that Ghana is blessed with.
O – Otumfuor
This is the title given to an Ashanti King. The Ashanti Empire is one of the richest empires in Ghana and also one of the most respected empires in African history. Otumfuor Opoku Ware, Otumfuor Agyeman Prempeh and Otumfuor Osei Tutu are Ashanti kings who have successfully taken charge of this great empire. Currently the Ashanti King is Otumfuor Osei Tutu II who is not only a traditional leader but a national icon as well.
P – Peace
Peace is generally perceived to be the absence of war. However, the freedom to live without fear and the friendliness of the people in a country is also termed peace. This is a place to live with freedom in peace.
Q – Queens
Ghana is a country where gender equality is rated very highly. Women are free to express themselves and achieve as much as they can. Many queens have reigned. Arguably, the most remembered is Yaa Asantewaa, queen mother of Ejisu (an Ashanti City). She led the Ashantis to war and was victorious. Many other queens have also achieved great feats. This has contributed to the naming of the national women’s football team “The Black Queens”.
Ghana is a land of great wealth, resources and potential. The peace, zealousness and lifestyle of its people, coupled with the rich heritage and natural resources available, proves that the sky is too low of a limit for this wonderful country. Check back here for part three in this A-Z of Ghana!