Koforidua

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Koforidua
City of Koforidua
City
Official logo of Koforidua
Koforidua Municipal Assembly logo
Koforidua is located in Ghana
Koforidua
Koforidua
Location of Koforidua in Eastern region, Ghana
Coordinates: 6°06′N 0°16′W / 6.100°N 0.267°W / 6.100; -0.267
Country  Ghana
Region Eastern Region
District New-Juaben Municipal
Elevation 238 m (781 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 127,334[1]
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) GMT (UTC)
Area code(s) 034

Koforidua, also popularly known as K-dua, is a city and capital of Eastern Region in south Ghana. Koforidua has a settlement population of 127,334 people in 2012.[1]

Koforidua serves as a commercial center for the Eastern region and New-Juaben Municipal district. Koforidua is regarded as one of the calmest and coolest cities in the country. The city is home to many businesses with the exception of heavy duty industries, and with the recent construction of the two-going-two-coming highway road linking Adeiso, Koforidua, to Oyoko brings much attention to the city. That highway road serves as a valid alternative route to reach Kumasi. Koforidua serves as a commercial center for the Eastern region and New-Juaben Municipal district.

Etymology[edit]

Oral tradition has it that Koforidua, owes its name to an Akan man- Kofi Ofori who had built his hut under a huge mahogany tree. This tree provided shelter for weary farmers who were returning from their farms after a hard day’s work. Overtime it became common for the farmers to say that they were going to rest under Kofi Ofori’s tree. In Akan, the south country's native language, tree is "dua". An amalgamation of Kofi Ofori’s and tree therefore, becomes "Koforidua."

History[edit]

Koforidua was founded in 1875 by Akans; migrants from Asanteman . It was served by a station on the Railway network. Koforidua is one of the country’s oldest cocoa-producing centres. The completion in 1923 of the Kumasi railway, saw Koforidua become an important road and rail junction. Koforidua is also noted today for its weekly Thursday bead market that draws bead buyers and sellers from all over the Eastern region.

Geography and climate[edit]

Umbrella Rock tourism site

The New Juaben Municipality falls within the Eastern Region of South Ghana. The municipality covers an estimated area of 110 square kilometers constituting 0.57% of the total land area of the Eastern Region.[2] The municipality has 48 electoral areas.

Koforidua has an annual rainfall ranging from 50 – 120 inches and 20 – 32 celsius mean annual temperatures.

The New-Juaben municipality shares boundaries with East-Akim Municipality to the northeast, Akwapim North District to the east and south and Suhum-Kraboa-Coaltar District to the west. The city of Koforidua (New Juabeng) is made up of several neighborhoods and settlements, including Effiduase, Asokore, Oyoko, Jumapo, Suhyen, Dansuagya, Betom, and Srodae. Koforidua is two hours by road from Accra.

Climate data for Koforidua
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 32
(90)
32
(90)
33
(92)
32
(89)
32
(90)
29
(85)
28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
30
(86)
32
(89)
31
(88)
30.6
(87.1)
Average low °C (°F) 24
(75)
24
(75)
26
(78)
24
(76)
25
(77)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
22
(72)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23.6
(74.3)
Precipitation mm (inches) 8
(0.3)
25
(1.0)
51
(2.0)
102
(4.0)
127
(5.0)
152
(6.0)
76
(3.0)
25
(1.0)
76
(3.0)
76
(3.0)
25
(1.0)
8
(0.3)
751
(29.6)
Source: Myweather2.com[3]

Demographics[edit]

Main Street in Koforidua

Presently the city's population of 127,334 people,[1] and is dominated by Akans. The 'Akwantukese' (The Big Journey Festival) is celebrated yearly to mark the movement of the inhabitants of Koforidua ancestors from 'Asanteman' to their present location of Koforidua.

Economy[edit]

High Street in Koforidua

Industries[edit]

Industrial and the industry activities of Koforidua include textiles, crafts, soap, carpentry and joinery, traditional medicine, pottery and ceramics, and the production of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.[4][5]

Agriculture[edit]

Koforidua's favourable weather conditions, as well as suitable soil types constitute a recipe for the production of food and cash crops. Agricultural crops include; cassava, kola, maize, plantain, coco, yam, citrus, palm oil, kennel oil, tomatoes, onions, black pepper, mushrooms and spices.[4]

Cocoa production[edit]

Koforidua produces cocoa and as cocoa production has moved westward to Ashanti region and Brong-Ahafo region areas of virgin soil, Koforidua has become increasingly dependent upon its commercial and business administrative functions. The city of Koforidua has only small-medium scale industries today.[4]

Tourism[edit]

Left: Boti Falls. Right: Akaa Falls.
Theora Video of the Waterfall and Tourist Attraction (Boti Falls) in the Suburbs of Koforidua in the Eastern region of Ghana.

Koforidua's predominant tourism attractions natural features in Koforidua include the Obuo Tabri Mountain, which is considered sacred. Nearby is Akosombo Dam which holds Lake Volta, the world's largest man-made lake.

Waterfalls in the area such as Akaa Falls and Boti Falls and the Umbrella Rock attract tourists to the Eastern region. Even though such tourist sites are functioning all year round, tourists are at times encouraged to visit the place at certain times of the year, especially, during the rainy seasons. At such times, the Boti Falls in particular is fully at its beauty peak and very interesting to be there.

Education[edit]

Pentecost Senior High School in Koforidua

Koforidua remains a major hub of education in Ghana. It is home to over 70 basic schools and a number of prominent senior high schools in the country. In 2012, one of its schools; Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary, was ranked 9th of the over 200 senior high schools in Ghana. The city also has a polytechnic (Koforidua Polytechnic) and a private university (All Nations University College).

Vertical view of Koforidua Polytechnic entrance and campus in Koforidua

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "World Gazetteer online". World-gazetteer.com. 
  2. ^ "New-Juaben Municipal". New Juaben Municipal. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Koforidua Weather Averages". Myweather2. 2013.  Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Agricultural sector". New Juaben Municipal. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  5. ^ Latest Ghana News. Vibe Ghana

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 6°05′00″N 0°15′00″W / 6.08333°N 0.25000°W / 6.08333; -0.25000