50 Interesting Facts about 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. Ghana was ranked as Africa’s most peaceful country by the Global Peace Index.

3. Ghana was named after the medieval Ghana Empire

4. Ghana was the first sub Saharan country to come into contact with the Europeans. People from Portugal, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, and Britain came to the Gold Coast to search for gold.


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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.



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.





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. In 2007, oil was found off the coast of Ghana. A daily production of 200,000 barrels, which could be achieved in about five years after commencement of production, could give Ghana a total revenue of approximately US$1.6 billion yearly. Ghana could become the fourth biggest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa by 2020 once two new offshore fields come on stream, to push total output above 240,000 barrels per day (bpd)

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

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23. Fantasy Coffins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ghana’s strong universities attract 20,000 students from other African countries.Ghana is also the second most popular African destination for American exchange students, after only South Africa.

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

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

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36. 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

37. Accra has more internet cafes per capita than any other city



38. Accra has the largest mall in West Africa


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

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

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41. 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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42. 29 per cent of children aged 7-14 years are engaged in economic activity

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

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

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

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47. 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


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Imports 1. Cars $861 million

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


Accra neighborhoods



Best neighborhoods

1. Trasacco Valley


2. Airport Hills GHS950,000 (US$262,250) Average home price


East Airport Hills




3. Cantonments $361,000 ( 3 bedroom House)


4.Airport Residential


5. Ridge/Labone


6. East Legon


GHS800,000 (US$220,842)

7. Buena Vista (Beach Rd Teshie


8. West Legon


9. North Dzorwulu


10. Tema


Osu is the neighborhood that is popular with the youth and expats

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11. Spintex $169,000


Neighborhoods to avoid

1. Agbogbloshie

2. Nima


3. Chorkor

4. Ga Mashie

5. Jamestown


6. Christian Village


Driving around Africa : Accra, Ghana What Accra Looks Like

Accra is the capital and largest city of Ghana it was founded in the 15th Century. The Population of Accra is 2,291,352 with a metropolitan are of 4 million




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Dropifi Profile on the Ghanaian startup that won the Global Startup Open Competition

Dropifi is a Ghanaian information technology start-up which provides back-end support to companies.

The company has a solid system which enables companies in any part of the world, mostly small and medium-scale enterprises, to install widgets on their personal computers or tablets, so that customers can contact them.

This means that the “Contact us” function will be performed on behalf of the companies by Dropifi, from its offices at East Legon, within the premises of Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology.

In 60 seconds, companies can seamlessly deploy Dropifi’s simple and intuitive contact widget and get real-time enquiries from customers on their websites.

Contact profiling

Co-Founders, Mr Kamil Nabong and Philip Effah Mensah, told the GRAPHIC BUSINESS that messages that passed through its system went through rigorous anti-spam filters before being further processed to uncover the personality and emotions behind the message.

“For instance, the person contacting the company may only provide the email address, but we will go and do further search to lift the veil on the person and make that detailed information available to the company the customer wants to reach,” Mr Nabong said.

Dropifi’s smart widget allows companies to better analyse incoming “contact us” messages.

Using the Dropifi contact widget, companies also see incoming message trending data in relation to industry metrics, the demographic and social media profiles of the sender analyse the real emotions behind the messages and easily integrate with their existing CRMs, e-commerce and blogging platforms.

Ultimately, the programme seeks to clear out the era of long and scary website “contact us” forms that deny businesses of valuable feedback and leads, but will still deliver business critical insights and a spam-free customer engagement.


Since 2011 Dropifi, the graduates of the Ghanaian-based Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), have been making waves in Ghana as well as internationally.

MEST trains smart young entrepreneurs in the area of information and communications technology (ICT).

After their two-year training, the school encourages graduates to group up, develop business plans and form businesses. Bankable viable ones are funded and housed as a modern incubator for startups where they benefit from technical support, hi-speed Internet and funding of between US$70,000 and US$100,000 for 18 months.

Dropifi co-founders, however, peaked during their training and therefore left the MEST after their first six months and spent the rest of the period at the United State’s Silicon Valley, where ICT giants are created.

This was after they had won the Global Startup Open competition where they beat 50 international startups to win the Kauffman Foundation Award; they were flown to Rio in March to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) where they received the award.

Whilst in Rio, they showcased the programme to Dave McClure, Founder of 500 Startups, and shortly after, received an invitation to join the accelerator programme.

“Dropifi is the first African investment for 500 Startups. Very few seed investors in Silicon Valley will put money into markets as early as Africa, but we think talent exists in every corner of the globe. Dropifi has a killer team and a promising product with global reach. The fact that they hail from Ghana makes it even cooler,” Mr Dave McClure was quoted as saying.

In Silicon Valley, they enjoyed mentorship from top industry experts and other colleague startups from around the world to further develop the Dropifi widget and spread its use around the world.

The Meltwater magic

Interestingly, Dropifi is only one of the 12 companies that MEST has facilitated, which in their start-up stages are together employing 80 people.

The Business Development Fellow at MEST Incubator, Mr Anirudh Narla, told the GRAPHIC BUSINESS that the Incubator offered the most affordable office accommodation in the country.

He said there was so much potential in the country in the ICT sector, but the programme required additional funding from the private sector and direct support from the government.

The director said infrastructure was a challenge, as well as reliable Internet and penetration and smart phone use.

“Most of the companies here require additional funding but they don’t get access to it. Currently, we try to woo investors from UK and US,” Mr Narla said.

Secondly, hiring employees is often a challenge as there were not many talents cut for the industry.

Mr Narla suggested a special venture capital fund to promote ICT training and entrepreneurship in the country as was the case in countries such as the United States and Singapore, where the government had a lot of funding in the sector.

Currently, about 50 per cent of the companies operating in the incubator have apps targeting the local market, while the rest targets the global environment.

On visit at MEST, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Ms Penny Pritzker, interacted with the start-up companies in the incubator in May 18, urged them to work hard and pledged the support of the United States to remove some of the bottlenecks that hindered their efforts at dealing conveniently with US companies.

“This work is extremely important for global growth. We want our youth to start businesses. If we help with startups around the world, we can spur global growth,” she said when she later interacted with a segment of the media in Accra.

– See more at: http://graphic.com.gh/business/business-news/23658-how-dropifi-is-making-ghana-proud.html#sthash.R4NhPhCS.dpuf

25 Places to See in Ghana as a tourist for a month

Places to see in Ghana as a tourist

1. Airport Restaurant in Accra

2. Independence Square. Also known as Black Star Square for the large black star located atop Independence Arch. The square celebrates Ghanaian independence from the British in 1957 and features an eternal flame first lit by Nkrumah himself in 1961

3. Nkrumah Mausoleum

4. Buy Kente Cloth

5. See a fantasy coffin

6. Capital Buildings

7. Trendy Osu



8. Accra West Africa’s largest mall

Ride the Accra train

9. Labadi Beach

10. Ada, Ghana

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