Eastern Region (Ghana)

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Eastern Region
region
Skyline of Eastern Region
Flag of Eastern Region
Flag
Location of Eastern Region in Ghana
Location of Eastern Region in Ghana
Districts of Eastern region
Districts of Eastern region
Country Ghana
Capital Koforidua
Districts 26
Government
 • Regional Minister Julius Debrah
Area
 • Total 19,323 km2 (7,461 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 6th
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 2,633,154
 • Rank Ranked 3rd
 • Density 140/km2 (350/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)
 • Year 2014
 • Per capita $3,802
GDP (Nominal)
 • Year 2014
 • Per capita $1,902
Time zone GMT
Area code(s) 034
ISO 3166 code GH-EP

The Eastern Region is located in south Ghana and is one of ten administrative regions. Eastern region is bordered to the east by the Lake Volta, to the north by Brong-Ahafo region and Ashanti region, to the west by Ashanti region, to the south by Central region and Greater Accra region. Akans are the dominant inhabitants and natives of Eastern region and Akan and English are the main spoken languages. The Eastern region is the location of the Akosombo dam and the economy of the Eastern region is dominated by its high-capacity electricity generation. Eastern region covers an area of 19,323 square kilometres, which is about 8.1% of Ghana's total landform.[1]

Hydro project[edit]

High-capacity electricity generation Akosombo Hydroelectric Project contains three main tributaries: the Black Volta; the White Volta and the Red Volta and the Akosombo Hydroelectric Project flows into the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean.[2]

Wide dynamic range of Akosombo Hydroelectric Project: hydroelectric dam on Lake Volta in Akosombo, Eastern region, Akosombo canyon. The construction of the dam in the Volta Basin resulted in the subsequent creation of Lake Volta.[2] Lake Volta is the Earth's largest man-made lake and artificial lake, covering 8,502 square kilometres (3,283 sq mi), which is 3.6% of Ghana's landform.[2]

Education[edit]

Universities[edit]

Districts[edit]

District changes[edit]

The Afram Plains District does not exist any longer. The Akuapim South District, East Akim District and Kwahu West Districts have been upgraded to Municipal status with the addition of Birim Central Municipal District which is entirely new. Other new districts include Akyemansa District, Kwahu East District and Kwahu North District. The Manya Krobo District has been split into Lower Manya Krobo District and Upper Manya Krobo District.[3]

Districts[edit]

The region is divided into administrative districts. The total number of districts were increased from 21 districts to 26. The current list is as follows:

Districts in Eastern region
# District Capital Population
1 Akuapim North Mampong Akwapim
2 Akuapim South Municipal Aburi
3 Akyemansa Ofoase
4 Asuogyaman Atimpoku
5 Atiwa Kwabeng
6 Ayensuano Dokrokyiwa
7 Birim Central Municipal Akim Oda
8 Birim North New Abirem
9 Birim South Akim Swedru
10 Denkyembour Akwatia
11 East Akim Municipal Kibi
12 Fanteakwa Begoro
13 Kwaebibirem Kade
14 Kwahu Afram Plains North Donkorkrom
15 Kwahu Afram Plains South Tease
16 Kwahu East Pepease
17 Kwahu South Mpraeso
18 Kwahu West Municipal Nkawkaw
19 Lower Manya Krobo Odumase Krobo
20 New-Juaben Municipal Koforidua
21 Nsawam Adoagyire Municipal Nsawam
22 Suhum Suhum
23 Upper Manya Krobo Asesewa
24 Upper West Akim Adeiso
25 West Akim Asamankese
26 Yilo Krobo Somanya
Total

Famous native citizens[edit]

Famous native citizens of Eastern region
# Citizen Settlement
1 Abedi Pele Kibi
2 Samia Nkrumah Aburi
3 André Ayew Kibi
4 Jordan Ayew Kibi
5 Nana Akufo-Addo Kibi
6 George Boateng Nkawkaw

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eastern Region". GhanaDistricts.com. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  2. ^ a b c Fobil 2003
  3. ^ "Eastern Region". GhanaNation.com. Retrieved 23-12-2010.

Coordinates: 6°30′N 0°30′W / 6.500°N 0.500°W / 6.500; -0.500