Ghana is the economic gateway to West Africa. It is recognized as one of the fastest growing economy in the world (www.economicwatch.com). The population
of Ghana is estimated to be over 25,000,000 in its current 10 regions. The regions are Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Eastern, Western, Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Central, Volta and Greater Accra; where the Capital city of Ghana, Accra, is located.
Ghana is widely known in the world as one of the most peaceful place to live on planet earth. The people of Ghana believe that visitors to their land, must be treated well to enable them speak well of Ghana. As the second largest producer of Cocoa in the world, Ghanaians say welcome to the taste of Ghana’s quality and tasty chocolate. Other minerals mined in Ghana include Gold, Bauxite, Manganese and others.
The recent discoveries of Oil and Gas in the commercial quantity have put Ghana in the world economic market, therefore compelling most business persons and companies to invest in the economy of Ghana. The enviable peaceful and business environment created as a result of a continuously successfully democratic transitions, assures you of good returns for your investment in Ghana.
Ghana is currently governed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, after a Supreme Court battled Election Petition Case, involving the New Patriotic Party and the NDC, which saw John Dramani Mahama confirmed as President by a Nine Member Panel of Supreme Court Judges.
The next parliamentary and presidential election of Ghana is slated for December 7, 2016.
On August 3, 1956, the new assembly passed a motion authorizing the government to request independence within the British Commonwealth. The opposition did not attend the debate, and the vote was unanimous. The British government accepted this motion as clearly representing a reasonable majority. On March 6, 1957, the 113th anniversary of the Bond of 1844, the former British colony of the Gold Coast became the independent state of Ghana, and the nation’s Legislative Assembly became the National Assembly. Nkrumah continued as prime minister, and Queen Elizabeth II as monarch, represented in the former colony by a governor general, Sir Charles Noble Arden-Clarke. This status of Ghana as a Commonwealth realm would continue until 1960, when after a national referendum, Ghana was declared a republic. (wikipedia)
Tourism in Ghana
Kakum National Park
located 30km north of Cape Coast and Elmina near the small town of Abrafo. The entire area is covered with tropical rainforest.In the park gamekeepers are specially trained in the medical and cultural significance of the local foliage. Kakum National Park contains rare animals, including the endangered Mona-meerkat, as well as pygmy elephants,
forest buffalo, civet cats, a wide array of birds, and over 500 species of butterflies.Kakum National Park has a long series of hanging bridges at the forest canopy level known as the “Canopy Walkway.” At 40 m (130 ft) height, the visitor can approach the plants and animals from a vantage point that would otherwise be inaccessible to people. The Canopy Walkway passes over 7 bridges and runs over a length of 330 m (1,080 ft). It is secured by a series of nets and wires for safety purposes.
Cape Coast Castle
The Castle was built for the trade in timber and gold. Later the structure was used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The Castle, or Castle and Dungeon, to give it its official name, was first restored in the 1920s by the British Public Works Department.In 1957, when Ghana became independent, the castle came under the care of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB).
Other Ghanaian slave castles include the Elmina Castle and Fort Christiansborg.The Cape Coast Castle, and other forts and castles in Ghana, are included on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List. (wikipedia)
The Boti Fall is found in the forest reserve at a town known as Huhunya located in the Eastern Region of Ghana which is
about 17km North-East of Koforidua, the capital of the region. Boti Falls is a 30m high waterfall within the Boti Forest Reserve about 30 minutes east of Koforidua. A small hike down some stone steps takes you to the waterfall with a pool at the base, which is safe for swimming. Guided walks of the forest and some caves can be arranged.
The Larabanga Mosque is an historic mosque of the “Sudanese” architectural mosque type in the village of Larabanga, in Ghana. Though uncertainty exists about its age, it is believed to be one of the holiest Islamic sites in Ghana.
Festivals in Ghana
One of the most attractive aspects of the Ghanaian culture is the colorful traditional festivals and durbars which are held yearly in all parts of the country. These festivals reveal some common features and beliefs of our society. Through the festivals, the people remember their ancestors and ask for their protection. Festivals are also held in order to purify the whole state so that people can enter the New Year with confidence and hope. Below are some major festivals to which you are invited.
A Description of a few of the major festivals in Ghana
ABOAKYIR(Deer hunting) A hunting expedition by two Asafo groups to catch live antelope. The first group to present
its catch to the Chief at a colorful durbar is declared winner and is highly regarded for bravery. Winneba, 17 miles west of Accra.
May : BAKATUE (Fish Harvesting)
A royal procession of chiefs and stool holders riding in palanquins through principal streets to a sacred shrine where chiefs pour libation and sprinkle sacred food. Pouring of
mashed yam and eggs into the Bake (lagoon), followed by scooping with a net, after which permission is given to fishermen to open the fishing season, after a ban. Festival culminates in a regatta. Edina/Elmina, 99 miles west of Accra.
July: FETU AFAHYE(Harvest commemorating first contact with whites)
A colorful procession of chiefs, amid drumming, dancing and firing of musketry. There is a uniqueness in the attire. Sacrifice of a cow to the seventy-seven (77)gods of Oguaa. Cape Coast (Oguaa), 90 miles west of Accra.
August/September: HOMOWO (Harvest/Thanksgiving)
Ceremonies for this festival include a procession of chiefs through principal streets with all twins in the area dressed purposely for the occasion. All this is done amidst the
sprinkling of festive food kpokpoi to the gods and ancestors of the state. Accra/Ga Traditional Area.
August/September: ODWIRA (Harvest/Thanksgiving)
This festival dramatizes the tradition myths and legends of the people, and commemorates a period of remembrance and thanksgiving to the gods for their mercies in the past year,and renewal of family and societies. A durbar of chiefs crowns the celebration amidst drumming and dancing. Akropong Traditional Area, 90 miles north of Accra.
Originally linked with the birth of Mohammed, the Prophet of Allah. This festival has assumed a traditional character.A two-day festival full of pageantry, showmanship and horse riding.
Tamale/Yendi, 425 miles north of Accra.
Symbolizes the migration of Anlos from the tyrannical ruler of Notsie in older day Togoland to their present homeland in Ghana. There is a re-enactment of this migration, which involved walking backwards, performed by women, children, the old and the young alike.
Anlo Traditional Area, 88 miles east of Accra.
November: FIOK (War festival)
A war festival to re-enact ancient historic exploits of the Busa people. There is a durbar, as well as drumming, dancing, and thanksgiving to the gods.Sandema.
December: ADAE (festival of Purifying of the Ashantis’ ancestral stools)
Festival of the Asante. Celebrated every 40th day. Especially magnificent when it falls on a Sunday. Kumasi, 168 miles (272 kilometers) north of Accra.
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