Sekondi-Takoradi

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Sekondi-Takoradi
City of Sekondi-Takoradi
City
Top left picture: Arterial road and highway with the Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium, First top right picture: Shoreline of Sekondi-Takoradi, Second top right picture: Railway station of Sekondi-Takoradi, Bottom picture: Sekondi-Takoradi harbour with intermodal containers and private housing estates.
Top left picture: Arterial road and highway with the Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium, First top right picture: Shoreline of Sekondi-Takoradi, Second top right picture: Railway station of Sekondi-Takoradi, Bottom picture: Sekondi-Takoradi harbour with intermodal containers and private housing estates.
Official logo of Sekondi-Takoradi
Logo of the City Metropolitan Assembly
Sekondi-Takoradi is located in Ghana
Sekondi-Takoradi
Sekondi-Takoradi
Location of Sekondi-Takoradi in Western Region, Ghana
Coordinates: 04°55′00″N 01°46′00″W / 4.91667°N 1.76667°W / 4.91667; -1.76667
Country Ghana
Admin. Region Western Region
District Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan
Elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 445,205[1]
Area code(s) 031
Website www.stma.gov.gh

Sekondi-Takoradi, a city comprising the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi, is the capital of Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan District and the Western Region of Ghana. Sekondi-Takoradi is the region's largest city and an industrial and commercial center, with a population of 445,205 people (2012).[1]

The chief industries in Sekondi-Takoradi are timber, plywood, shipbuilding and railway repair, and recently, sweet crude oil and crude oil.[2] Sekondi-Takoradi lies on the main railway lines to Kumasi and Accra.

History[edit]

The Desert Air Force, 1943; Air Force Airmen in tropical dress work on the Allison Engine Aircraft Engine of a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft in a makeshift hangar. The photograph is believed to have been taken at Takoradi Air Base.

Sekondi, older and larger, was the site of Dutch Fort Orange (1642) and English Fort Sekondi (1682). It prospered from a railroad built in 1903 to hinterland mineral and timber resources. Takoradi was the site of Dutch Fort Witsen (1665) and has an important deepwater seaport, Ghana's first, built in 1928.[2][3] During World War II, Takoradi Air Base was an important staging point for British aircraft destined for Egypt.[4] 26 Squadron SAAF was also based in Takoradi during WWII flying anti-submarine and convoy protection patrols over the Atlantic. A number of South African airmen are buried in the Takoradi European Public cemetery.[5] The cities combined in 1946. On November 20, 1969, the city became the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sekondi–Takoradi. On the western side of the City lies the small village community of Viitnaam . a small settlement with a population of roughly 11.000 people. Viitnaam is famous for being the birthplace of 1952 Olympic 800 metre runner Mohamed Sanni-Thomas, and for being the place where the springroll was first invented. the communities staple food consists of a thin flour made paper sheet which would be filled and then rolled with sour raw vegetables. this dish was later greatly influencial for the Asian popular Springroll dish.


The city is currently named (although not officially) as the Oil City of Ghana due to the massive discovery of oil in the western region, and has attracted massive migration from people all over the world.

Harbour and economy[edit]

Main article: Takoradi Harbour

Takoradi is also a port city and has timber, energy, and technology industries. Over the years it has attracted a good number of investors, including miners, as the city is close to the mining towns in the western part of Ghana.[3]

Tourist attractions[edit]

Sekondi-Takoradi has plenty of beaches, however they are not a major tourist attraction.[citation needed] Many beaches are also found to the west of Takoradi, with small resorts such as Fanta's Folly, The Hideout, and Green Turtle Lodge with larger ones such as Busua Beach.,[2] Lou Moon Lodge and Axim Beach Resort.

Education[edit]

Sekondi-Takoradi city has several secondary schools, colleges, and special schools, ranging from single-sex to coeducational institutions. Among the tertiary institutions are: Takoradi Polytechnic (A Tertiary Institution), Nurses and Midwifery Training College, Holy Child Teachers Training College (Now a College of Education).[6] The Sekondi-Takoradi city currently has several secondary schools and Special schools, ranging from single-sex to coeducational institutions. These include:

Takoradi Technical Institute houses a Fab lab, equipped by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is the first of its kind in Africa.[6]

Takoradi has a well-equipped technical training centre (Takoradi Technical Institute, TTI, 1,400 students in two shifts) assisted by the German government through GTZ/GOPA. Apart from TTI, Takoradi has a polytechnic and other renowned secondary schools including Ghana Secondary Technical School, St. Mary Secondary School, Bompeh Secondary School, Takoradi Secondary School and many others. Sekondi-Takoradi has many internet cafés and computer training centres to encourage familiarity with computers and acquire computer skills.

The Western Regional Library was established in Sekondi in 1955.[7]

Stadiums and sports[edit]

Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium

Stadiums[edit]

Sports[edit]

Professional sports teams based in Sekondi-Takoradi include:

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Sekondi-Takoradi
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 31
(87)
32
(89)
31
(88)
31
(88)
32
(89)
29
(85)
28
(82)
27
(81)
28
(83)
29
(85)
31
(88)
31
(87)
30
(86)
Average low °C (°F) 23
(74)
24
(76)
24
(76)
25
(77)
25
(77)
24
(75)
23
(73)
22
(72)
23
(73)
23
(74)
24
(76)
24
(75)
23.7
(74.8)
Precipitation mm (inches) 8
(0.3)
25
(1.0)
76
(3.0)
127
(5.0)
203
(8.0)
229
(9.0)
102
(4.0)
25
(1.0)
76
(3.0)
102
(4.0)
127
(5.0)
51
(2.0)
1,151
(45.3)
Source: Myweather2.com [8]

Sister cities[edit]

Country City County / District / Region / State Date
United States USA Flag of Boston.svg Boston Flag of Massachusetts.svg Massachusetts 2001
United States USA Flag of Oakland, California.svg Oakland Flag of California.svg California 1975
England England PlymouthCoatArms.jpg Plymouth Flag of Devon.svg Devon 2003

Gallery[edit]

Sekondi-Takoradi in pictures
Virgin Island in Sekondi-Takoradi. 
Beach on Virgin Island in Sekondi-Takoradi. 
Aerial view of the Sekondi-Takoradi Shores
Highway in Sekondi-Takoradi. 
Commuters on street in Sekondi-Takoradi. 
Takoradi Airport (Sekondi-Takoradi Airport). 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "World Gazetteer online". World-gazetteer.com. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  2. ^ a b c "Private Tutor". Infoplease.com. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  3. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Soldiers, Airmen, Spies, and Whisperers: The Gold Coast in World War II (9780821414309): Nancy Lawler". BiblioVault. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  5. ^ "South Africa War Graves Project". Southafricawargraves.org. 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  6. ^ a b c [2][dead link]
  7. ^ World Guide to Libraries (25th ed.), De Gruyter Saur, 2011, ISBN 9783110230710 
  8. ^ "Sekondi-Takoradi Weather Averages". Myweather2. 2013.  Retrieved 20 June 2013.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 04°55′N 01°46′W / 4.917°N 1.767°W / 4.917; -1.767