Facts : The Republic of Ghana is named after the medieval West African Ghana Empire. The Empire became known in Europe and Arabia as the Ghana Empire after the title of its emperor, the Ghana. The Empire appears to have broken up following the 1076 conquest by the Almoravid General Abu-Bakr Ibn-Umar. An elevated kingdom continued to exist after Almoravid rule ended, and the kingdom was later incorporated into subsequent Sahelian empires, such as the Mali Empire several centuries later. Geographically, the ancient Ghana Empire was approximately 500 miles (800 km) north and west of the modern state of Ghana, and controlled territories in the area of the Sénégal River and east towards the Niger rivers, in modern Senegal, Mauritania and Mali.
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Facts 1. The national museum of Ghana is the largest and oldest of the six museums under the administration of Ghana museums and monuments board. It can be found in Accra and it was opened on 5th March 1957 as part of Ghana’s independence celebrations.
2. Lake Volta is the largest lake in Ghana with a storage capacity of 124,000,000 acre-feet. (153,000,000,000 cubic meters) of water. It is one of the largest man-made lake in the world and it covers 3.9% of Ghana’s land area.
3. Stonebwoy is the first reggae, dancehall artiste from Ghana and Africa@ large to win the BET award in 2015.
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4. An estimated 69% of the population belong to various Christian denominations, 15.6% are Muslims (though Muslim leaders claim the number is closer to 30%), and about 15.4% of the population follow traditional indigenous beliefs or other religions
5. Kofi Kinaata’s susuka happens to be the first song to win him an award at the Vodafone Ghana music awards. He is also the first artist to win new artist of the year twice within a year. (VGMA and GMAUK)
6. There are six national parks and many smaller nature reserves, which were set up to help protect Ghana’s wildlife. There are over 650 butterfly species in the Kakum National Park, including the giant swallowtails, which are nearly 8 inches (20 centimeters) across
7.A West African country bordering on the Gulf of Guinea, Ghana is bounded by Côte D’Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south
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8. Ghanaians speak over 40 languages throughout its 10 regions. English is the official language, but most people speak several languages as well
9. The black star on Ghana’s flag was adopted by legendary Pan African leader Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League, which had the Black Star Line Steamship company
Facts 10. In 1991, Ferdie Ato Adoboe of Ghana set a world record by running 100 meters backwards in 13.6 seconds
11.Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) is the biggest and most significant annual entertainment event in Ghana.
12.Kejetia Market is the largest open market in Ghana, located in Kumasi the Ashanti region’s capital
13.Ghana discovered oil in 2007.After production commences, 200,000 barrels could be produced daily giving the nation approx. 1.6b in TAR..
14.First fact zone brand created in Ghana is ‘Ghana Fact Zone
15.Children in Ghana begin two years of kindergarten at age four. Then all children ages 6-12 attend six years of elementary education. If families can afford it, children go on to secondary education. Ghana’s school system is more advanced than many of its African neighbors.
16.An estimated 69% of the population belong to various Christian denominations, 15.6% are Muslims (though Muslim leaders claim the number is closer to 30%), and about 15.4% of the population follow traditional indigenous beliefs or other religions
17.There are three main religions in Ghana, with Christians being the leading religion, followed by Islam and traditionalist
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18.Ghana Produces a Unique Cloth Called Kente
Kente is also known by the name Nwentom and is produced in the southern half of the country. It is a cloth which is woven from silk and cotton and was originally held in such high esteem that only nobility and royalty would wear it.
19.Kojo Antwi was the first Ghanaian to be Nominated For BET Awards in 2010.
Facts 20.Ghana first participated at the Olympic Games in 1952, when it was known by the colonial name of the Gold Coast. The nation has sent athletes to compete in most Summer Olympic Games since then.
22.”God Bless Our Homeland Ghana” is the national anthem of Ghana. The anthem “God Bless Our Homeland Ghana” was originally written and composed by Philip Gbeho and adopted in 1957.
23. Mount Afadjato is the highest mountain in Ghana, at an elevation of 885 meters (2,904 ft). The mountain is located in the Agumatsa Range near the villages of Liati Wote and Gbledi, in the Volta Region of Ghana on the border with Togo
24.The Greater Accra Region is bordered on the north by the Eastern Region, on the east by the Lake Volta, on the south by the Gulf of Guinea, and on the west by the Central Region. It’s the smallest region of Ghana, and is made up of 16 administrative areas
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25.Kotoka is an international airport and has the capacity for large aircraft such as the Boeing 747-8. The airport is operated by Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), which has its offices on the airport property
26. Ghana is found or located in the western part of Africa.
27.The Volta River is the longest and main river system in the West African country of Ghana (1600km long). It flows into Ghana from Bobo-Dioulasso highlands of Burkina Faso. The main part of the river is the Black Volta, the White Volta, and the Red Volta.
28.John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills (21 July 1944 – 24 July 2012) was a Ghanaian… He is the first Ghanaian head of state to die in office.
29. Sarkodie is the first Ghanaian who won the Best International Act (Africa) at the 2012 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards, which came off at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Sunday night
Facts 30.The Bank of Ghana (BoG) is the central bank of Ghana. It is located in Accra and was formed in 1957. The bank is active in developing financial inclusion policy and is a member of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion
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31.Current time and date for cities in Ghana, including Accra. The time zone is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
32.Established on 9 October 1923, the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has grown from an initial 200-bed capacity to 2,000.
33. Mfantsipim School. Mfantsipim is a Methodist secondary school in Cape Coast, Ghana. It has origins in the first secondary school to be established on the Gold Coast (now Ghana), Wesleyan High School, founded on 3 April 1876
34.The University of Ghana, the premier university and the largest university in Ghana was founded as the University College of the Gold Coast by Ordinance on August 11, 1948 for the purpose of providing and promoting university education, learning and research.
35.Valley View University became the first private institution in Ghana to be granted national accreditation. Valley View University has the singular distinction of being the first private university in Ghana to be granted a Charter.
36.There are nine public universities in Ghana.
37.Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the current President of Ghana, in office since January 2017. He previously served as Attorney General from 2001 to 2003 and as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2007
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38.Ghana in 1957 became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence.
39.Kwame Nkrumah was the 1st African head of state in the Pan-African Movement, which was an idea he appropriated during his studies at Lincoln University in the United States, at the time when Marcus Garvey was becoming famous for his “Back to Africa Movement”.
Facts 40.In April 1992 a constitution allowing for a multi-party system was approved in a referendum, ushering in a period of democracy. Jerry Rawlings was elected in free elections of that year and also in 1996. The constitution prohibited him from running for a third term
41.Tamale, officially called Tamale Metropolitan Area, is the capital town of the Northern Region of Ghana
42.Sebian Ratomir Dujkovic is the first Ghanaian coach to book a place for the Black stars in the world cup finals in 2006.where he help the stars qualify for a difficult group that had Italy, Czech Republic and USA.
43.Baba Yara sports stadium (also Kumasi sports stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium in Kumasi. It is Ashanti’s and Ghana’s largest stadium with a seating capacity of 40528.
44. Abedi Pele Ayew was the first Ghanaian player to win the UEFA champion league in 1993 with Olympique Marseille despite helping Les Phoceens to losing in the finals two years ago.
45.Prince Kofi Amoabeng owner of UT bank is one of two Ghanaians profiled in Moky Makura’s book of Africa’s greatest entrepreneurs.
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46.Susanna Al-Hassan was a Ghanaian author and politician, who in 1961 became Ghana’s first female to be appointed minister. She was also the first African woman to hold a cabinet portfolio and became the member of parliament for the Northern region.
47.Stonebwoy was born a twin, but unfortunately, lost him in a car accident with father, thereby leaving Stonebwoy with a fractured leg. Stonebwoy, actually, is the son of a pastor.
48. Ghana was colonized for more than 100 years by The British Empire, who named the country “The Gold Coast” because of the abundance of Gold it had.
49.Current time and date for cities in Ghana, including Accra. The time zone is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Facts 50. Kofi Annan Was Born and Raised in Ghana and Began His Career There.
51.Kakum National Rainforest is one of the must-see landmarks in the country. In addition to seeing mammals and birds, a highlight is the Canopy Walkway, which is 30 meters high and over 1,000 feet long.
52. Ghana was first spotted by Portugese traders in 1470.
53. Oil was discovered off the coast of Ghana in 2007.
54.The country produced 90 metric tons of gold in 2016, which means it ranked 11th in the world.
55. Over 250 species of birds can be spotted at Ghana’s Mole National Park.