the land of hope and glory -
is always welcome to this destination where the people always
smile first before they think of anything else.
The total land
area of Ghana is 238,538 square kilometres (92,100 square
miles); the southern coast line being 554 kilometres (334
miles) wide and the distance from the south to the north
being 840 kilometres (522 miles). Ghana is located on the
Gulf of Guinea and boarded on north by Burkina Faso on the
east by the Republic of Togo and on the West by Cote d’Ivoire.
Today, the population
of Ghana is about 20 million with the highest population
densities on the urban areas. The principal ethnic groups
are the Akans who constitute about 45% of the population
is made up of the Ashanti, the Fanti, the Ahanta, the Guan,
the Bonu, the Akyem, the Akwamu, the Kwahu, the Akwapim,
the Sefwi and the Nzema; the Mole, Dagbani, 16% is made
up of Nanumba, Dagbani, Mamprusi, Wala, Bruilsa, Frafra,
Talensi and Kusasi; the Ewe, 13% made up of the Anlo, the
Some, the Tongu and the Ewedome; the Ga-Adangbe, 9% made
up of the Ga, the Shai or Adamgbe, the Ada and the Krobo
or the Kloli; the Gurma, 4% and the Grusi, 2% made up of
the Mo, the Sisala, the Kasena, the Vagala and the Tampolene,.
Living among the Ewe are non-Ewe speaking groups such as
the Akpafu, the Lolobi, the Likpe, the Santrokofi, the Nkonya,
the Avatime, the Logba and the Tafii.
One way to discover and learn more about Ghanaians is by
visiting some of its markets.
markets of Accra
Amongst the most famous markets of Accra are Makola market
located on Kojo Thompson Road, and the Osu Night Market,
where market stalls are illuminated by hundreds of lanterns
Makola Shopping Mall
Located at the Accra Central. Has adequate car parking space.
The market was recently constructed to replace the old one
with the same name. One can obtain beautiful African Textiles,
Foodstuffs, Traditional Cloths and clothes, shoes, cosmetics,
etc. It also houses a bank, restaurants, offices, etc. Because
of its central location it enjoys a lot of patronage from
residents in Accra and tourists alike.
Located near the Timber Market on the Fadama Road.
This is another newly constructed market. It enjoys
all the facilities as the Makola Shopping Mall.
local markets found in Accra are the Kaneshie Market
Complex located on the Mallam-Odorkor Road, Kaneshie,
and the Kantamanto Market also located in central
Accra is the capital's local and largest flea market.
Items sold here are mostly imported second hand cloths,
shoes and household items.
is one of the most enduring traditional institutions in
Ghana, which has displayed remarkable resilience from pre-colonial
through colonial to postcolonial times. In the past, the
role of a chief was to lead his people in war to defend,
protect and extend their territories. The modern role is
to combat poverty and other social ills: illiteracy, ignorance,
environmental degradation, and the depletion of resources.
Nowadays, chiefs are under pressure to achieve good governance
in their traditional areas.
Tutu, is the 16th Asantehene, the traditional King of the
Ashanti people in Ghana. He ascended the Golden Stool on
26 April 1999. By name, he is in direct succession to the
founder of the Empire of Ashanti, Otumfuo Osei Tutu I.