I am mother Ghana. I used to be called the Gold Coast. This only shows how rich I am. I have 10 illustrious children (regions) and my grandchildren (cities, towns and villages) number over 12 million. I am the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to attain independence from colonial rule. Now let me show you the A-Z of this beautiful west African powerhouse.
A – Accra
The nation’s capital is here. 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 worth visiting. There is a lot of richness to experience on display. The Akans, being the largest and probably the oldest tribe are predominantly found in the Ashanti region. They possess great wealth and a fantastic cultural heritage. The Fantes, Ewes and Gas are also spread along the coastal areas with the Hausa, Dagomba and Dagbani located in the Northern parts of Ghana. Many artistic and historic festivals are held all year round. Notable ones include the Afahye, Hogbetsotso, Homowo, Kundum and Akwasidae.
D – Development
The hub of many new and existing technologies, Ghana 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 in the world 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 with mind blowing costumes as well as rich entertainment from drumming and dancing to fashion. Talk of Homowo, Kundum, Afahye and Hogbetsotso. Many people from all walks of life travel here to witness firsthand the rich culture on display.
G – Gold
Gold is a major export commodity for Ghana, with this precious metal bringing in nearly 48 percent 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 several beautiful ornaments and regalia which is worn by chiefs and traditional leaders on special occasions such as durbars, festivals and national programmes. Also many women wear golden bracelets, rings and necklaces during their marriage ceremonies.
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