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Happy Independence  day Ghana!! So for those of you who do not know, I am a  Ghanaian! Today marks the 60th independence of Ghana! On 6th March 1957, Ghana gained its independence from the British, making it one of the first west African countries to gain independence. The first president of Ghana Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and a group known as the big six(6) led Ghana to its independence.

So let me tell you about my country. Ghana is obviously on the African continent. West  Africa to be precise. The map of Ghana looks pregnant in my opinion(pregnant with diversity and awesomeness) and it has 1o regions. The capital of this great nation is Accra located in the Greater Accra Region.IMG_0585.PNG

The population of Ghana is about 27 million plus. The official language of the country is English, but there are other national languages like Twi, Ga, Fante, Ewe, Dagbani and so on. The currency of the country is the Ghana Cedi.  The current president of Ghana is Nana Akuffo-Addo.

The flag of Ghana has  red, gold and green horizontal stripes with a five-pointed black star in the centre of the gold stripe.The colour red represents the blood of those who died in the country’s struggle for independence; the gold stands for the mineral wealth of the country, while the green symbolizes the rich forest and agriculture of the country. The star represents the lodestar of African freedom and a symbol of African emancipation.

The economy of the country is from the gold,bauxite,diamond,aluminium and manganese. Other commodities are petroleum,natural gas, salt and silver. Agriculturally, Ghana is the largest second cocoa exporter in the world. Crops are the major agricultural produce of Ghana like cashews,corn,plantain. Unlike the fishery,forestry and livestock sector.

So now to the culture! The country has diverse culture with every ethnicity having its own unique touch to it.

Ashanti region is one of the main tribes of Ghana. The capital of this region is Kumasi.The Ashanti King is usually clothed in rich kente and gold for all the major occasions. The main food of the Ashantis is fufu with any soup(lightsoup,palmnut soup,groundnut soup, etc), The main language of the region is Twi.

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Greater Accra region, this is where the capital of Ghana is located. the capital of this region is Accra.The main language of this region is Ga. The favorite food of this tribe is kenkey with fried fish. The Independence Square is located in this region. The museum of the first president of Ghana is also located here.

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Brong Ahafo region,this region is located south of Ghana with the capital being suyani.Major attractions of Brong-Ahafo include Kintampo waterfalls and nature reserves home of the Boabeng monkey sanctuary, a short distance outside Sunyani. Bono is the language spoken in this region.fuller-falls.jpgKintampo water falls.

Central Region,the capital of this region is cape coast. The dialect spoken here is Fante. This region is known for fishing and tourism. There are alot of castles and forts from the slave trade era in this region, examples are the Elmina castle and capecoast castle. Kakum National Park is also located in this region.elmina_castle-800x440Elmina Castle

Eastern reion of Ghana has Koforidua as its capital. Akan and English are mostly spoken in this region. The Akosombo dam(hydroelectric dam-main source of electricity in the country) of Ghana is found here. Aburi gardens a lush botanical garden is found in this region.akosombo.jpgAkosombo Dam

Northern Region is the largest region in Ghana. The capital of this region is Tamale. It has the Mole national park for tourism. The popular clothing of this region is the batakari and one of the favorite food is tubaani(boiled bean cake).

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Western region of Ghana has two twin cities as the capital, Sekondi Takoradi. The main languages are Akan and English. It has a lot of rivers and lush green hills and fertile soil. It has the highest rainfall of the country. The main dish of this region is Akyeke. The region also has the Takoradi Port for both imports and exports.Nzulezo is a town in Takoradi that overlooks the Lake Tadane, and is entirely made up of stilts and platforms. In 2000, it was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is a major tourist attraction area.Attiéké or AkyekeAkyeke

The Upper East regional capital is Bolgatanga, sometimes referred to as Bolga. Tourisim is very popular in this region:Parks- Gbelle game reserve,Sombo Bat Sanctuary,Jafiiri Sacred Royal Python Sanctuary,etc. Recreational area-Tongo rocks. Historic sites-Naa Gbewaa’s shrine,Navrongo’s mud-built church.102navrongo mud built church.

The Upper West regional capital and largest settlement is Wa. The Wechiau hippopotamus Sanctuary is located South West of Wa. A distinctive feature of the Upper West region’s culture is the brewing of pito (pronounced PEE-toe) a sweet, mildly alcoholic beverage derived from sorghum. Major economic activity is agriculture.627ff56cebe6d32d5c08405a42c6afcbpito.

Volta region, capital Ho. The main language is Ewe.Main dish of the region is Akple and Okro soup. For tourism, this region has Wli waterfalls,mountain afadjato and so on.063Mount Afadjato.

Okay so at this point i think i have written enough.Long live Ghana! Long live our rich culture and diversity! Happy 60th independence Ghana!

 

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