|Regions with significant populations|
|Arabic • English (Ghanaian English) • Akan|
|Christianity • Islam|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Ghanaians • Lebanese • Arabs • Afro-Arabs • Semites|
Ghanaian Arabs (Akan: Nkɔmbɔtwetwe Arabia Gaana; Arabic: غانيون عرب) are Ghanaians and citizens of Arab origin or descent. Ghanaian Arabs are mainly from Lebanon, Syria and Arab Maghreb. Ghana has the largest Arab population in western Africa.
The vast majority of Ghanaian Arabs live in major cities and towns in south central, south eastern, south western or southern Ghana. Coastal cities such as Accra, Cape Coast, Sekondi-Takoradi, and Tema also have Ghanaian Arab populations. In general most of Ghana south of Kumasi has a high proportion of Ghanaian Arabs, while south central and southern coast of Ghana has a high concentration of Ghanaian Arabs. Apart from Accra and Kumasi, Coastal Areas and Southern Ghana, there are Ghanaian Arab communities in Koforidua, Sunyani and there are Ghanaian-Lebanese citizens in Lebanon.
Arabs have been present in Ghana for millennia, mostly as merchants in the 15th century, then into the 21st century as business people, and due to this intermarriage has occurred with also the production offsprings of Afro-Arabs; Fathia Nkrumah is a notable Arab with ties to Ghana. She was the late wife of Ghana's first president and revolutionist Kwame Nkrumah, whose marriage was seen as helping plant the seeds of cooperation between Egypt and other African countries as they struggled for independence from European colonization. This helped advance the formation of the African Union. Arabs who have lived in Ghana for most of their lives have acquired Ghanaian citizenship.
The Ghanaian Arabs play a significant role in Ghana's film industry, football and economy, mostly Lebanese business people or Syrians own many businesses in Ghana, such as restaurants, hotel chains, import and export companies. Historically Arab merchants have been operating in Ghana and across Sub-Saharan Africa for millennia.
Notable Ghanaian Arabs
- Gamal Nkrumah – (born 1959: Ghanaian and Egyptian) – Journalist
- Samia Nkrumah (born 1960: Ghanaian and Egyptian) – Politician, Journalist
- Karim Bellarabi (born 1990: Ghanaian and Moroccan) – Footballer
- André Ayew (born 1989: Ghanaian and Lebanese) – Footballer
- Juliet Ibrahim (born 1986: Ghanaian and Lebanese) – Actress
- Majid Michel (born 1980: Ghanaian and Lebanese) – Actor
- Nadia Buari (born 1982: Ghanaian and Lebanese) – Actress
- Jordan Ayew (born 1991: Ghanaian and Lebanese) – Footballer