Ghana is a nation on West Africa’s gulf of Guinea, it has an estimated polulation of 30 million people and Spanning a land mass of 238,535 km². Ghana is bordered by the Ivory Coast in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, Togo in the east and the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in the south.
It is considered one of the most stable countries in West Africa. Here are some facts about Ghana;
– Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence post-colonialism. It gained its independence on March 6, 1957.
– Ghana was ranked as Africa’s most peaceful country by the Global Peace Index.
– Ghana is the 2nd most cocoa producers in the world
– 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.
– The currency unit in Ghana is called the cedi. The word “cedi” comes from a local word meaning a cowry shell. Cowry shells (from sea snails) were once used as money in Ghana.
– The word Ghana means “warriors king” and was the title accorded to the kings of the medieval Ghana Empire in West Africa, although this empire was further north than the modern-day country of Ghana in Guinea region.
– Ghana has the largest market in West Africa. It’s called Kejetia market and it’s located in Kumasi, the Ashanti region’s capital.
– The black star in Ghana’s flag was adopted from the flag of the Black Star Line, a shipping line incorporated by Marcus Garvey that operated from 1919 to 1922.