Eastern Region (Ghana)

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Eastern Region
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 2013
 • Per capita $5,150
GDP (Nominal)
 • Year 2013
 • Per capita $2,500
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[4]
1 Akuapim North Akropong 136,483
2 Akuapim South Municipal Nsawam 123,501
3 Akyemansa Ofoase 97,374
4 Asuogyaman Atimpoku 98,046
5 Atiwa Kwabeng 110,622
6 Birim Central Municipal Akim Oda 144,869
7 Birim North New Abirem 78,907
8 Birim South Akim Swedru 119,767
9 East Akim Municipal Kibi 167,896
10 Fanteakwa Begoro 108,614
11 Kwaebibirem Kade 192,562
12 Kwahu East Abetifi 77,125
13 Kwahu North Donkorkrom 218,235
14 Kwahu South Mpraeso 69,757
15 Kwahu West Municipal Nkawkaw 93,584
16 Lower Manya Krobo Odumase Krobo 89,246
17 New-Juaben Municipal Koforidua 183,727
18 Suhum/Kraboa/Coaltar Suhum 167,551
19 Upper Manya Krobo Asesewa 72,092
20 West Akim Municipal Asamankese 195,349
21 Yilo Krobo Somanya 87,847
Total 2,633,154

Famous native citizens[edit]

Famous native citizens of Eastern region
# Citizen Settlement
1 Nana Akufo-Addo Kibi
2 Yaw Boakye-Yiadom[5] East Akim Municipality (Akyem-Maase, Bunso)
3 George Boateng Nkawkaw
4 Dr. J. B. Danquah Kibi
5 Frederick W. K. Akuffo Akropong
6 Samia Nkrumah Aburi
7 Abedi Pele Kibi
8 André Ayew Kibi
9 Jordan Ayew Kibi

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.
  4. ^ GeoHive http://www.geohive.com/cntry/ghana.aspx |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  5. ^ - Founder and Sole Proprietor of Boachsoft.com

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