Best skylines by continent

North America

  1. New York City

2. Chicago

Chicago 2020 skyline

3. Panama City

Panama City

4. Toronto

5. Philadelphia


6. Atlanta

Atlanta skyline at sunset (3)

7. Houston


8. Los Angeles

9. Miami


10. Dallas



  1. Dubai

2. Hong Kong

3. Shanghai

4. Tokyo

5. Seoul

6. Guangzhou

7. Doha

8. Bangkok

9. Kuala Lumpur

10. Singapore



  1. Moscow

2. London

3. Frankfurt

4. Paris

Eiffel Tower Paris city lights city skyline

5. Rotterdam


7. Madrid

8. Barcelona

9. Milan

10. Warsaw

South America

  1. Sao Paulo

2. Buenos Aires

3. Rio de Janeiro

4. Santiago

5. Cartegena


6. Caracas

7. Bogota

8. Lima

9. Barranquilla

10. Belo Horizonte



  1. Johannesburg

2. Cairo

3. Cape Town

4. Durban


5. Nairobi

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6. Luanda

Luanda 1

7. Maputo

8. Pretoria

9. Dar Es Salaam



10. Harare



  1. Sydney

2. Melbourne

3. Gold Coast

4. Brisbane

5. Auckland

6. Perth

7. Adelaide

8. Wellington

9. Darwin

10. Hobart


30 Tallest buildings in Africa already built, under construction,or proposed

  1. Centurion Symbio City Tower (447 meters) 110 Floors Approved 1,470 feet  Pretoria, South Africa

2. Durban Iconic Tower – 88F (370m,) 1,214 – Durban | Propose

3. Nairobi Hilton Tower  60 F (330) 1,082  Under Construction


4. Abuja Africa Tower  (303 meters) 1,018 feet Proposed


5. Upper Hill Square, Nairobi, Kenya 951 feet   66 Floor ($500 million)


6. The NSSF Tower Nairobi, Kenya  921 feet


7. The One Nairobi, Kenya 890

8. International Finance Center Sandton Sandton, South Africa  250 m (820 ft)


9. Eko Atlantic Tower Bank   55 stories   Lagos, Nigeria

10. Carlton Center, Johannesburg – 50 floors 223 m (732 ft) 50 fl

Carlton Centre

11. The Leonardo, Sandton  223 meters 732 feet  50 floors


12. Britam Tower,  Nairobi, Kenya  193 m (633 ft)


13. HazinaTower 180 m (590 ft) Nairobi, Kenya

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14. Pearl Sky  180 m (590 ft)  $24 million Durban, South Africa  2018


15. International Finance Centre 2 Sandton 590 Sandton, South Africa

16. Tanzania Port Authority HQ  178 m (584 ft)

17. AVIC International Africa 176 m (577 ft) Nairobi, Kenya  (Cost $93.6 million)


18. Commercial Bank of Ethiopia 46 floors 571 feet  $200 million Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


19. Ponte City Apartments, Johannesburg – 173 m (568 ft)

Ponte City Apartments

20. Millenium Tower 2.7 million Abuja, Nigeria    567 feet  ($266 million)

21. UAP Tower Nairobi, Kenya

22. Dar es Salaam City Center Promise Tower  165 m (541 ft)  35 Floors


23. NECOM House, Lagos – 160 m (520 ft)


24. PSPF Commercial Towers, Dar es Salaam – 152.7 m (501 ft)

25. Marble Towers, Johannesburg – 152 m (499 ft)

Marble Towers, Johannesburg

26. Pearl Dawn, Durban – 152 m (499 ft)

Pearl Dawn, Durban


27. South African Reserve Bank Building 150 m (490 ft)

South African Reserve Bank Building

28. MetLife Center, Cape Town – 150 m (490 ft)

MetLife Center, Cape Town

29. 021 Tower Cape Town – 484 feet


30. 88 on Field, Durban – 147 m (482 ft)

88 on Field, Durban


Game Changers: Black Americans go digital to back black-owned stores

PHOENIX — The African-American Barbie dolls were lined up in a neat row, each still in its hot-pink box, never ripped open by a little one’s hands.

The dolls stood there, arms at their sides, all dressed up in tiny, crisp outfits.

They seemed to be waiting there at Mitchell’s, a beauty supply store in Phoenix that stocks hair care and other items catering to people of color.

Now, Melissa Cox, the store’s third-generation owner, has found a potent marketing combination to move the dolls and other merchandise off the shelves and into the hands of customers. She employed a Facebook Live as a high-tech marketing tool and found a receptive group of new customers from a campaign aimed at bolstering African American-owned businesses called Buy Black Phoenix.

On Facebook Live’s streaming video, Cox showed off the dolls, along with a collection of “hats for church on Sunday,” greeting cards with messages geared toward African-American communities and her hair care products.

A friend of a friend had told Cox about the effort launched in August by the Phoenix chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. The women came up with an idea that has taken shape in different forms over the past few years in cities across America.

The premise: The more that African-Americans show their spending power, the more sway they’ll have when it comes to influencing social, political and economic change. It isn’t just happening in Phoenix, but other big cities as well:

•Kansas City. “Blackout Monday” is a movement organized in response to civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo. The day is designated as an event for people to head to a black-owned business and do their part for the “Buy Black Empowerment Initiative.”

•Atlanta. There’s the “Bank Black” campaign. It started with an Instagram post and hashtags (#blackdollarsmatter, #blackeconomics, #IfYoureNotBlackThatsCoolToo) encouraging people to open an account with Citizens Trust Bank, an African American-owned savings institution.

Mike Render, a rapper and activist better known by his stage name Killer Mike, called for the action in February as part of Black History Month. It attracted Georgia residents, who committed to driving miles to patronize the bank, and was backed by star power the likes of Usher, Jermaine Dupri and Solange Knowles.

•Chicago. Perhaps the most famous movement started with one Chicago family. Maggie Anderson wrote about the 360 days she and her family spent in 2009 making good on a promise to consume all their goods and services from black-owned businesses. After releasing her 2012 book, Our Black Year, she traveled the nation promoting the campaign through social media, in TED talks and on speaking tours.

It took longer for the economic campaign to take shape in Phoenix.

Cox says her hometown, the sixth largest city in the nation, is different from other big cities building on African-Americans’ buying power.

“We have a pretty small black community here,” said Cox, who was born and raised in Phoenix and now runs the shop founded by her grandparents in 1958. “But we’re here. We’ve been here.”

Black people make up about 6.5% of the Phoenix population, according to the U.S. census 2010 estimate. Compare that with other large cities like Atlanta where black people account for about 54% of the population, and it could be easy to feel like African-Americans calling for a collective effort in Phoenix are facing a David-Goliath battle.

Donna Williams, a Goodyear, Ariz., attorney and member of the local National Coalition of 100 Black Women, knows it can be tough to unite any community around a single issue, especially a relatively small community that has historically been disenfranchised.

So Williams and her fellow coalition members talked about setting realistic goals. They would ask people to pledge to spend 15% of their disposable income with local black-owned businesses.

“We’re not Atlanta. We’re not LA. We’re not New York,” she said. “So it wouldn’t be reasonable to ask for that 100% level of spending — that would discourage people.”

Williams said the initiatives are rooted in a fatigue over economic, social, educational, income and political disparities in America. It’s not that different from the same sort of fatigue that spurred the Black Lives Matter movement, she said.

“There is kind of this sentiment that, ‘We’ve had enough, we’re going to have to find solutions to what ails our community and we’re going to have to start from within,’ ” she said.

Best Countries for (educated)Black Americans to relocate to



Latin America


Maryam and Leon Mann moved to Panama City three months ago. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Dominican Republic (If you are light skinned)

Costa Rica

Your stateside relatives can visit often (which may or may not be a good thing) if you adopt this Central American nation—just a three-hour plane ride from Florida—as your new home. With its perfect tropical weather, universal health care and consistently high marks among Latin American countries on the Human Development Index (pdf), Costa Rica has jumped in popularity for American expats overall within the past 10 years. Other pluses: its stable economy, low cost of living, strong middle class and robust diplomatic relations with the U.S. Add to this few reported natural disasters, low rates of violent crime (theft and credit card fraud are traditionally its biggest crime problems), a great mix of urban and rural areas, and the much-raved-about jungle and beach life, and you’ve got a virtual paradise.

This is particularly the case for telecommuting entrepreneurs and English teachers. “I love the vibe and I love speaking Spanish,” reports one Tribe member of the country’s primary language. “The cost of living is low, and I could afford to live in a house on the beach and just chill.”





Trinidad and Tobago


Virgin Islands



Ghana is unofficially known as Africa for beginners. The capital of Ghana, Accra, is home to many English speakers and expats because it attracts mainly Europeans and Asians who decided to settle in the city. As a black male traveler, you will find Ghana very similar to life in a western nation. They have big shopping malls, cell phones, world class accommodations, cars and everything else you are used to at home. Ghanaian people are very friendly and welcoming towards foreigners/tourists. Best of all, it is very safe to visit alone. There is very little violent crime to worry about


Cape Verde

South Africa










Morocco (If you are light skinned)

Algeria ( If you are light skinned)




New Zealand

An African-American couple currently raising their 2-year-old outside Wellington, the capital city of Australia’s gorgeous southeastern neighbor, reports, “We chose not to raise him in the USA for a myriad of reasons—the safety of our African-American child, the inconsistent quality of education there and other factors. New Zealand was a perfect place for us. The country was rated the fourth safest in the world, the public schools consistently rank in the top 10 in the world, violent crime is low—like, there was one murder in our town in the last eight years. Also, we have not experienced anything significant as far as racism. We feel welcome, supported and like true members of the community.”




Hong Kong (Helps if you are light skinned)

If you’ve ever given serious thought to chucking the deuces to your 9-to-5 and moving abroad to work in high-impact industries like finance or lower-impact industries like teaching (English), you already know we roll deep in the Pearl of the Orient. There are roughly 60,000 Americans living in Hong Kong, an estimated 10,000 of them black, according to an African-American expat who lives and works there. If you’re like most black people and don’t know Cantonese, you’re in luck—English is also an official language. One long-term black expat couple were so smitten by H.K.—and eager to educate curious natives about African-American culture and achievements—that they launchedInternational Black History Month there earlier this year.

India (If you are light skinned)



If you follow tourism trends, you know that Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is literally and figuratively hot right now, especially among people of color. With foreigners making up 71 percent of the city’s population, it’s nice to live somewhere “that is not ruled by white men,” exclaims one black expat. This has a huge impact on how black folks are treated. “You’ll find people of all races here to be quite humble,” she says of the most liberal of the Arab emirates, although American women should still expect to cover up inside the UAE, a majority-Muslim country. Plus, because it is by all accounts a young country, there is an unending list of services, goods and expertise needed there, opening itself up nicely to African-American professionals and entrepreneurs alike.


United Kingdom


France attracted black scholars, artists and intellectuals dating all the way back to the early 20th century. Europe provided an escape to the blatant racism and prejudice in America for black people who wanted to pursue their work and live in peace. I visited Paris, France a couple of years ago and had a wonderful time in the city. My only complaints were the high cost of living and the colder weather beginning in September. Europe itself is a rapidly changing population as the countries become more Muslim and ethnic. Black people from America, Africa and South America settle in Europe looking for opportunity, respect and love

The Netherlands




The Most Unequal Countries in the World

  1. South Africa  (Racially Motivated – Yes)  White Elite and Blacks are the Lower Class

2. Namibia  (Racially Motivated : Yes)  White Elite and Black Lower Class

3. Botswana  (Racially Motivated : No)

4. Zambia

5. Honduras  (Racially Motivated : Yes and No)

6. Central African Republic

7. Lesotho (Racially Motivated : Sort of)

8. Colombia  (Racially Motivated: Yes)  White Elite and Mestizo and Black Lower Class

9. Brazil  (Racially Motivated : Yes)  White Elite and Black and Mixed Race Lower Class

10. Guatemala   White Elite and Indigenous and Mestizo Lower Class


Most Equal Countries

  1. Finland
  2. Romania
  3. Denmark
  4. Norway
  5. Slovakia
  6. Belarus
  7. Czech Republic
  8. Iceland
  9. Slovenia
  10. Ukraine


Prettiest Latino Nationalites

Latin American people are a people known for their beauty. Why? What is the secret to Latin American beauty. Latin America is an interesting, region in that it is a very diverse region, in terms of backgrounds and ethnicity. And unlike many different regions of the world, despite their racial and ethnic differences people have intermingled and intermarried due to their similarity in language, culture and religion. Creating a society, where the average person is a mixture of many different races.

It is popular idea or concept that people who are racially mixed, are more physically attractive than people who are not racially mixed, and due to the fact that Latin America has the highest percentage and amount of people who are racially mixed, in fact in some countries you will not many only meet many people who are biracial, but triracial and quadriracial as well. this is why many Latinos, and Latin American nationalities have the reputation of being beautiful. Women from Latin American countries win so many beauty Pagents

Here are the following Nationalities that are considered to be the most beautiful of all Latin American countries

  1. Colombia


  1. 2. Brazil


3. Venezuela


4. Puerto Rico



5. Dominican Republic



Back to Africa, Amaros versus Americos a tale of two stories

Amaros – Positive asssimilation


The Amaros, who were sometimes called Nago in Brazil (Nago, indicates Yoruba ethnicity) were liberated slaves from Brazil and Cuba. Returnees from Brazil and Cuba and their current-day descendants were and are more commonly called “Agudas”. They went to the New World as slaves from different sub-ethnic and ethnic backgrounds but approached relationships among themselves as equals. They came back to Nigeria, principally to re-connect with their fatherland. In Lagos, they were given the watery terrains of Popo Aguda as their settlement. They were not brought up in the Anglican faith like the Sierra Leoneans but chose Catholicism, the dominant religion in Brazil and Cuba. By the 1880s, the Agudas comprised about 9% of the population of Lagos. It should be remembered that some of the Agudas were Muslims. Some of the Catholic Brazilians and Cubans also worshipped African Orishas which they had also worshipped in Brazil and Cuba. These Amaros gave Portuguese and Spanish names in Nigeria.

The Brazilian returnees were notably technically skilled artisans and were known for the distinctive Brazilian architecture built in their settlements and later in the Lagos environs. During the time, modern European architecture was not only meant to be a nice abode but also a dominating advertisement to show Africans of a different style and culture.[8] However, in due time, the Brazilian style emerged as a viable alternative and modern style used by African contractors working on public and large private jobs such as the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos and the Mohammed Shitta Bey Mosque. The Brazilians introduced to Nigeria elaborate architectural designs, two-story buildings and bungalows with stucco facades. The Brazilian returnees also popularized the use of Cassava as a food crop.[9] They had pioneered trade with Brazil in the mid nineteenth century. But by the 1880s, ruinous competitors and an economic downturn had forced many to abandon the export trade. Agriculture soon became an avenue to supplement shortfalls in economic activity. They also introduced Cocoa Plantations together with Saro, J.P.L. Davies


migrants from Brazil and Cuba.[1] Saros and Amaros also settled in other West African countries such as the Gold Coast (Ghana).  Latin American countries such as Brazil and Cuba. Liberated “returnee” Africans from Brazil were more commonly known as “Agudas”, from the word àgùdà in the Yoruba language. Most of the Latin American returnees or Amaros started migrating to Africa after slavery was abolished on the continent. Many of the returnees chose to return to Nigeria for cultural, missionary and economic reasons. Many (if not the greater majority) of them were originally descended from the Yoruba of western and central Nigeria.

The returnees mostly resided in the Lagos Colony, with substantial populations in Abeokuta and Ibadan. Some also settled in Calabar, Port Harcourt and other cities in the Niger Delta. Though, many were originally dedicated Anglophiles in Nigeria, they later adopted an indigenous and patriotic attitude on Nigerian affairs due to a rise in discrimination in the 1880s,[2] and were later known as cultural nationalists.

(The late Nigerian billionaire, was a descendent of Amaros)

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Americo Liberians – From slaves to slave masters

“The love of liberty brought us here”, was the motto of some 13,000 persons who crossed the Atlantic to create new settlements on the Grain Coast of West Africa between 1817 and 1867 with the aid of the American Colonization Society.

The majority of African Americans who set sail for Africa were educated free blacks who owned property and hailed from Maryland and Virginia.warfare between the Americo-Liberians and the indigenous groups.

“The blacks from America who went to Liberia took with them the worst lessons of the ante-bellum South,” said Williams. “They treated the Africans they met there the way the slaveholders in the American South treated them.”

Still, they struggled. The farming techniques they learned in Pennsylvania and North Carolina were inappropriate in Liberia’s tropical climate. There was no “mother country” to provide financial support, and the colonists received very little support from the ACS, which was always in debt.


The early settlers practiced their Christian faith, sometimes in combination with traditional African religious beliefs. They spoke an African American Vernacular English, and few ventured into the interior or mingled with local African peoples. They developed an Americo-Liberian society, culture and political organization that was strongly influenced by their roots in the United States, particularly the country’s Southeast.

Today, the Americo-Liberian population numbers about 150,000. Americo-Liberians were credited for Liberia’s largest and longest economic expansion, especially William V. S. Tubman, who did much to promote foreign investment and to bridge the economic, social, and political gaps between the descendants of the original settlers and the inhabitants of the interior.[3] Most of the powerful old Americo-Liberian families fled to the United States in the 1980s after President William Tolbert was assassinated in a military coup.

Making up about 5% of the Liberian population, Americo-Liberians dominated national politics from the founding of the colony until Samuel Doe led a military coup in 1980. There is debate about how Americo-Liberians held on to power for so long. Some attribute it to the fact that divisions were based on “light-skin vs. dark skin”, particularly because the first president was of mixed race, as were numerous immigrants, reflecting the nature of African-American society in the Upper South. Scholars have noted, however, that during the Americo-Liberian reign, the leaders had an array of skin colors and African-European admixture, meaning that theory is unlikely. It is more likely they built their power on their connections to the ACS, familiarity with American culture and economics, and ability to create a network of shared interests. Others believe their long reign was in part due to the Masonic Order of Liberia, a fraternal organization, as opposed to colorism. A marble Masonic Lodge was built in 1867 as one of Monrovia’s most impressive buildings. It was considered a bastion of Americo-Liberian power, and was strong enough to survive the civil war. After years of neglect after the war the Masonic order has repaired the lodge.[4]

The Americo-Liberian settlers were, from the beginning, essentially American rather than African in outlook and orientation. They retained preferences for western modes of dress, Southern plantation-style homes, American food, Christianity, the English language, and monogamous kinship practices. The settlers held land individually in contrast to the communal ownership of the African population and their political institutions were modeled on those of the United States with an elected president, a legislature made up of a Senate and a House of Representatives, and a supreme court. They seldom intermarried with indigenous Africans and tried to influence the interior inhabitants primarily through evangelization and trade.

But the nation as a whole struggled. Americo-Liberians, based mainly around Monrovia, denied the native tribes the right to vote under the new constitution and even used them as forced labor. It was the beginning of more than 100 years of totalitarian rule by the colonists.

According to Carl P. Burrowes, co-author of The Historical Dictionary of Liberia, an alliance between executive branch officials and local traditional rulers helped Americo-Liberians keep their grip on power. Local chiefs delivered bloc votes to urban leaders during elections.Reflecting the system of racial segregation in the United States, the Americo-Liberians created a cultural and racial caste system with themselves at the top and indigenous Liberians at the bottom.[13][14][15] They believed in a form of racial equality by which meant that all residents of Liberia had the potential of to become “civilized” through conversion to Christianity and western-style education

The graft culminated during the 1923 election when incumbent candidate D. B. King received 45,000 votes at a time when only 6,000 voters were legally registered. “[It] earn[ed] Liberia a dubious place in the Guinness Book of Records for the world’s most rigged election,” Burrowes wrote via e-mail.

Over the years, the U.S. government took little interest in Liberia other than as a military and intelligence outpost. In 1926, the Firestone Tyre and Rubber Company opened its largest rubber factory in the world in Liberia. It quickly became the backbone of the Liberian economy, and as recently as the 1970s, Liberia’s per capita income was equal to Japan’s.

But ordinary Liberians grew increasingly angry at the corrupt rule of the Americo-Liberian “True Whig” party. In 1979, riots convulsed Monrovia when President William R. Tolbert Jr., whose family was the biggest importer of rice in Liberia, proposed an increase in the price of the commodity.

A year later, Tolbert was killed and 13 of his ministers shot on a beach during a coup led by Master Sergeant Samuel Doe that destroyed the old dominance of the Americo-Liberians and set in motion a cycle of violence


In 1980, a violent military coup was led by Samuel Doe. Doe’s tenure as leader of Liberia led to a period of civil wars, resulting in destruction of the country’s economy. In the early 21st century, Liberia has been reduced to one of the most impoverished nations in the world, in which most of the population lives below the international poverty line.

 The Tabom people
 The Tabom People or Agudas refers to the Afro-Brazilian community in South of Ghana. The Tabom People are an Afro-Brazilian community of former slavesreturnees. When they arrived in South Ghana and Accra and they could speak only Portuguese, so they greeted each other with “Como está?” (How are you?) to which the reply was “Tá bom”,[1] so the Ewe people, Ga-Adangbe people and Akan people in of South Ghana and Accra started to call them the Tabom People.

The Afro-Brazilian descendants and community in South Ghana dates back to one study from the 19th century that between an estimated 3,000 and 8,000 former slaves decided to return to Africa.[2]

Up to now it is not very clear, if the Tabom really bought their freedom and decided to immediately come back or if they were at that time free workers in Brazil, they came after the Malê Revolt of 1835 in Bahia. A lot of Afro-Brazilians when percecuted found their way back to Ghana, Togo, Bennin and Nigeria especially those who organised the Malê Revolt.[2] In Ghana it is common to find family names like de Souza, Silva, or Cardoso. Some of them have been very well known in Ghana.[2] The first Brazilian Ambassador to Ghana, Raymundo de Souza Dantas, arrived in 1961.[

In Ghana, the representative group of people that decided to come back from Brazil is the Tabom People. They came back on a ship called SS Salisbury, offered by the British government. About seventy Afro-Brazilians of seven different families arrived in South Ghana and Accra, in the region of the old port in James Town in 1836.[2] The reception by the Mantse Nii Ankrah of the Otublohum area was so warm that they decided to settle down in Accra.[2] The leader of the Tabom group at the time of their arrival was a certain Nii Azumah Nelson.[2]The eldest son of Azumah Nelson, Nii Alasha, was his successor and a very close friend to the Ga King Nii Tackie Tawiah.[2] Together they helped in the development of the whole community in commerce.[2]

At the present moment the Tabom Mantse is Nii Azumah V, descendant of the Nelson’s. The Taboms are also known as the founders of the First Scissors House in 1854, the first tailoring shop in the country, which had amongst other activities, the task to provide the Ghanaian Army with uniforms.[2] Proof of these skills is without any doubt Dan Morton, another Tabom and one of the most famous tailors nowadays in Accra.[2]

In Ghana, the de Souza family can be found around Osu, Kokomele and other parts of the Greater Accra regionand South Ghana. Sekondi-Takoradi and Cape Coast are also other bases.[2] Almost all of them remained along the costal regions of South Ghana.[2] However, it is very common to see a De Souza, a Wellington, a Benson, a Palmares, a Nelson, an Azumah, Amorin, Da Costa, Santos, De Medeiros, Olympio and other Afro-Brazilians in Ghana speaking perfect Ga-Adangbe language, Ewe language and Akan language. [2] This is because most of the Afro-Brazilian people got married to Ewe andGa-Adangbes and Akans [2]

Because they were welcomed by the Ewe people, Ga-Adangbe people and Akan people and received by their kings as personal guests, the Taboms received lands in privileged locations, in places that are nowadays very well known estates, like Asylum Down, the area near to the central train station and around the Accra Brewery Company.[2] In those areas, the mango trees planted by them bear silent witnesses to their presence. In the estate of North Ridge there is a street called “Tabom Street”, which is a reminder of the huge plantations that they formerly had there.[2] Some of the Taboms live nowadays in James Town, where the first house built and used by them as they arrived in South Ghana is located.[2] It is called the “Brazil House” and can be found in a short street with the name “Brazil Lane”.[2] Because of their agricultural skills, they started plantations of mango, cassava, beans and other vegetables. They brought also skills such as irrigationtechniques, architecture, carpentry, blacksmithing, gold smithing, tailoring, amongst others, which certainly improved the quality of life of the whole community.[2]

Nowadays the Taboms are completely integrated in the Ghanaian society and are a part of the Ga-Adangbe People, Ewe People and Akan Peopl