45 Interesting Facts about Ghana

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Ghana

Population 27 million

Capital and Largest City- Accra 4 million

President – John Akuffo Addo

Official Language – English (Local Language – Akan, Ewe, Ga)

1. Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence post-colonialism. It gained its independence on March 6, 1957

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Ghana’s flag It was designed by Theodosia Okoh. The red represents the blood of those who died in the country’s struggle for independence from the Great Britain, the gold represents the mineral wealth of the country, the green symbolises the country’s rich forests and natural wealth, and the black star is the symbol of African emancipation

2. Ghana is the most stable country in West Africa, and one of the most stable in Africa

3. Ghana was named after the medieval Ghana Empire

4. Ghana was the first sub Saharan country to come into contact with the Europeans

 

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5. The Ghana Empire was built on trade in salt and gold, which is why British merchants later called it the Gold Coast.

 

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6. The Anglo-Ashanti War was the World’s second largest War

1823-1900 lasting for 77 years.

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7. Worlds oldest Monarchies

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8. World’s largest gold producers

Ghana is Africa’s second largest producer of Gold.The Ghanaians started a lucrative trade with Ghanaian gold bars and other Ghanaian natural minerals to the Portuguese in 1471 and then the Ghanaians became thewealthiest ethnic group and nation state on the African continent from the 17th century onwards following successful further expansion of lucrative Ghanaian gold bars trading to the Dutch, Prussian and Scandinaviansfrom the 16th century through to the 20th century

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9. Ghana was ranked as Africa’s most peaceful country by the Global Peace Index

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10.  Third Lowest rate of gun ownership in the world.

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11.  World’s most religious country 70% Christian Rest Muslim and other, Hindu and Buddhists   99% of the population believes in God.However, Ghanaians – and especially youngsters – are taught the importance of freedom of worship, meaning that tolerance and fairness amongst the population are indoctrinated. The people of Ghana believe that you should be able to choose to worship whichever religion you like and there should be no intolerance to anyone from faiths other than your own

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12. Friendliest Country in Africa, and one of the most friendliest countries in the World, if not the World.

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13. Accra is the capital and largest city in Ghana, the name Accra means place of Ants.

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14. Many Ghanaians like to wear Kente Cloth. Ghana is a major fashion Center of Africa. Accra is considered Africa’s “Capital of cool”  by the New York Times

 

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15. Ghana is a major center of Architecture

 

16. Many famous people come from Ghana or of Ghanaian descent like Kofi Annan, Idris Elba, Mario Balotelli, David Adjaye, Ozwald Boateng,  Paul Boateng, etc.

17. Nollywood is the world’s 3rd largest most largest film industry, Many Ghanaian actors act in Nollywood films.

Ghanaian Nollywood Actors and Actresses

18. Ghana has the largest market in West Africa called Kejetia in Kumasi, the Country’s second largest city.

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the redevelopment of the Central Market will provide 45,000 stores as against the current 12,000 stores.

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19. Ghana produces the second most cocoa beans in the world. Ivory Coast is No. 1.

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20. Ghana is the 9th largest diamond producer in the World.

21. Many Ghanaians are named by the day of the week they are born.

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22. Fantasy Coffins

23. It is said that the majority of Jamaicans are of Sizable Ghanaian descent.

24.  Many of the best African soccer players are from Ghana

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25. Ghana also has the some of the best boxers in Africa

26. In 1991, Ferdie Ato Adoboe of Ghana set a world record by running 100 meters backwards in 13.6 seconds.

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27. There are 1 million Ghanaians living abroad and remit about $ 4 billion dollars annually.

London is home to more Ghanaians than any other city outside of Ghana, New York City is second, Toronto is Third

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28. In Ghana the average income is around 4000 dollars a year, the currency is called cedis

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29. Ghana has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Africa at 2.9 percent

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30. Ghanas Aids rate is .8% and falling it is one of the first countries to more than half its rate

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31. Lake Volta is the world’s largest man made artificial lake by surface area. It extends for over 320 miles and can be seen from space.

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32. Ghana is building new universities and becoming an educational hub for West Africa

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33. About 20% of Ghana’s land is arable

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34. Of the 120 doctors turned out yearly from Ghana’s medical schools, 70% leave the country within two years.

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35. Ghana has Universal Healthcare

Ghana has a universal health care system strictly designated for Ghanaian nationals, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).[188] Health care is very variable throughout Ghana and in 2012, over 12 million Ghanaian nationals were covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme (Ghana) (NHIS).[189] Urban centres are well served, and contain most of the hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies in Ghana. There are over 200 hospitals in Ghana and Ghana is a destination for medical tourism.

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Ghana has potential to become a major healthcare hub of West Africa

36. Cadbury — one of Britain’s largest chocolate-makers, imports 90% of its cocoa from Ghana

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37. Ghanaians spend about 51 per cent of their income on food. (2001)

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38. Apart from Muslim nations, Ghana has the lowest per capita consumption of beer in Africa, yet its brewery industry is one of the most competitive

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39. 29 per cent of children aged 7-14 years are engaged in economic activity

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40. Flight-Lieutenant Rawlings was Africa’s first military ruler to hand power to an elected PRESIDENT (NOTE: Obasanjo handed over on: September 30, 1979; Rawlings handed on 24th September 1979)

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41. Ghana is slated to be one of the worlds few cars producing countries with its local brand Kantanka

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42. Ghana is one of the few countries in the World and Africa to have its own Satellite in space.

43. Togo imports as much as 75 percent of its electricity from Ghana

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44. Ghana’s exports average around $16 billion

And the Top exports are Gold ($7.2 billion), Oil $3 billion, and Cocoa ($2.8 billion)

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Ghana’s largest imports are

Cars

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Imports 1. Cars $861 million

45. The United Kingdom is Ghana’s largest trading partner.

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