A Little Bit About Ghana

Ghana is a small country about the size of Oregon located on the coast of West Africa. It has a population of 20 million. It was the first sub-Saharan country to gain its independence from colonial rule in 1957.

Language: The are over 70 ethnic groups in Ghana each with their own language, but the primary two languages are Twi and English. English is the official language.

Weather: The weather is tropical and warm. It Is hot and humid in the south and hot and dry in north.

Economy: Agriculture drives the Ghanian economy which employs about 40% of the working population. It’s is one of the world’s leading producers in cocoa (yay!).

Diet: The Ghanian diet is high in starches. Some of the staples include cassava, groundnut paste (peanut butter), plantain, yam, millet, sorghum, coconut, and of course mangoes. One of the main dishes is called fufu. I’m sure we will have a lot to say about this soon.

Religion: Two-thirds of Ghanaians are Christian, another 15% are Islamic, and the remainder adhere to traditional animist beliefs.

Natural Resources: Gold, lumber, cocoa, diamonds, and manganese

Fun Facts: Ghana is commonly referred as “an island of peace” in one of the more chaotic parts of the world. It is also the country closest to the center of the Earth.



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