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Ghana

The basics:

  • Location - West Africa between Togo (east), Ivory Coast (west), Burkina Faso (North) and the Gulf of Guinea (South)
  • Climate - Tropical, warm and humid
  • Population – 23MM
  • Government - Constitutional Democracy
  • Religion - Christianity: 69%, Islam: 16%, Traditional: 9%, Others: 6%
  • Literacy – 66%
  • Languages Spoken – English, Akan, Ewe, Ga, Dagbani and Hausa

A Brief History:

Ghana, formerly the Gold coast, has been described as the gateway to Africa.  It’s beautiful beaches, lush forest, and gentle tropical climate has attracted visitors from all over the world.  One outstanding characteristic of this country is the proverbial hospitality of the Ghanaian people.

The word Ghana means Warrior King and was the title accorded to the kings of the medieval West African Ghana Empire.[10] Geographically, the Ghana Empire was approximately 500 miles (800 km) north and west of modern Ghana, and it ruled territories in the area of theSénégal River and east towards the Niger River, in modern SenegalMauritania and Mali.

Ghana was adopted as the legal name for the Gold Coast upon independence on March 6, 1957; however, it was not until July 1, 1960 that Ghana asserted its complete autonomy from Britain and became known as the Republic of Ghana.