Ghana

What's the capital of Ghana?

And the answer: Accra.

Photo courtesy: Amanor kwaku.

With a population of 4.2 million people, Accra is located on the Atlantic coast of West Africa. Over centuries, it was heavily colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, and British governments, before Ghana finally gained independence in 1957.

Ghana was the first black African country south of the Sahara to achieve independence from colonial rule. After doing so, many other African nations followed suit, and ultimately Britain's remaining colonies in Africa, except for Southern Rhodesia, were all granted independence by 1968. Today, Ghana boasts one of the most stable democracies in the developing world.

Ghana's rich history, natural splendor and lively culture continues to liken the nation to the meaning of its name, "Warrior King." The wealth of natural resources such as gold, bauxite (the principal ore comprising aluminum), oil and other natural gasses have contributed greatly to recent growth in the nation, and in 2011 Ghana was classified as the fastest-growing economy in the world.

Generally, Ghanaian culture lays emphasis on being hospitable to everyone in the society – good manners and respect for everyone stand paramount. As a largely spiritual people, Ghanians typically enjoy celebrating culture in the form of festivals. In fact, there are about 70 major annual traditional festivals in Ghana, celebrated either to memorialize harvest seasons (the most common type, usually after the rainy season), migration or territory expansion history, and more.

Ghana also boasts a rich food culture. While soups are a common feature of Ghanian cuisine, other dishes such as Jolof Rice and the local dish of Fufu are popular throughout the region. Check out this article for a tour of Accra's best eats.


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