Ghana: Quick Facts
Ghana – a West African country; with a constitutional democracy officially called the Republic of Ghana. It is bordered by Cote d’Ivoire in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, Togo in the east and Gulf of Guinea in the south.
Today the people of Ghana celebrate 60 years of independence and we look at their journey some facts about the West African nation.
- The name Ghana means warrior king dating back to the 9th century.
- Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence post-colonialism
- Ghana’s flag – the black star was adopted from legendary Pan-African leader Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League
- Ghana’s first president after independence was Pan-Africanist Kwame Nkurumah.
- Kofi Annan is one of the most well-known Ghanaians. He served as secretary-general of the United Nations from 1997- 2006.
- Ghana uses the cedi as their currency 1 Cedi is equal to 100 pesewa just as 1 Rand in South Africa equals a100 cents.
- The people of Ghana speak English but there more than 250 languages and dialects are spoken in the country
- Life expectancy in Ghana is 64 years for men 66 years for women.
- Soccer is the national sport for Ghana, so much so that Ghanaians built a large soccer stadium in the capital of Accra.
- Lake Volta, in the Volta region of the country, is the world’s largest man-made lake. It’s 250 miles long and covers 3,283 square miles or 3.6 percent of Ghana’s area.
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