Peaceful and welcoming country, Ghana satisfies one's appetite for both modern and traditional life. Its wide valleys, low-lying coastal plains, and thick rain-forests resound with the beat of traditional rituals, while her cities glow and vibrate with all the bustle of the modern world. The Ghanaians are the friendliest people in West Africa: warm, proud yet humble with a contagious and calming sense of humor.
Officially the Republic of Ghana is a country located in West Africa. It is bordered by Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The word Ghana means "Warrior King" and is derived from the ancient Ghana Empire (Gold Coast).
Ghana was inhabited in pre-colonial times by a number of ancient predominantly Akan kingdoms, including the Akwamu on the eastern coast, the inland Ashanti Empire, and various Fante and non-Akan states, like the Ga and Ewe, along the coast and inland. The Mande-Gur speaking groups in the north of the country established several Islamized states, in particular those of Dagbon and Gonja, and were the middle-men in trade between other larger Sahelian Muslim states (such as Mali and Songhai) and the early Akan kingdoms, especially in the gold and salt trade. Trade with European states flourished after contact with the Portuguese in the 15th century, and the British established the Gold Coast Crown colony in 1874.
The Gold Coast achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, becoming the first sub-Saharan African nation to do so, and the name Ghana was chosen for the new nation to reflect the ancient Empire of Ghana, which once extended throughout much of west Africa. Ghana is a member of the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union, and an associate member of La Francophonie. Ghana is the second-largest producer of cocoa in the world and is home to Lake Volta, the largest artificial lake in the world by surface area.
Ghana at a glance
Government: Parliamentary Democracy
President: Nana Addo Akuffo Addo
Capital city: Accra
Population: 31.7 million
People: Akan, Mole-Dagbane, Ewé, Ga, Guan, Gurma, Gonja,
Dagomba Language: English (official), Ewé, Ga, Twi (widely spoken),
and many more
Religion: Christian, Muslim, traditional African religions
Currency: Cedi (GH¢)
The rich cultural heritage of the people is usually manifested during festivals.
Ghanaian hospitality can also be seen in this regard. The ways people speak and relate to others portray their culture of friendliness.
There is a lot to learn and see while volunteering with us in Ghana.