Upper West Region

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Upper West Region, Dagbon
Location of Upper West Region in Ghana
Location of Upper West Region in Ghana
Districts of Upper West region, Dagbon
Districts of Upper West region, Dagbon
Country Ghana
Capital Wa
Districts 9
 • Regional Minister Bede Ziedeng
 • Total 18,476 km2 (7,134 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 7th
Population (2010 Census)[2]
 • Total 702,110
 • Rank Ranked 10th
 • Density 38/km2 (98/sq mi)
 • Year 2013
 • Per capita $5,150
GDP (Nominal)
 • Year 2013
 • Per capita $2,500
Time zone GMT
Area code(s) 039
ISO 3166 code GH-UW

The Upper West Region of Ghana is located in the northwestern corner of north Ghana, precisely located in the Kingdom of Dagbon, and is bordered by Upper East region to the east, Northern region to the south, and Burkina Faso to the west and north. The Upper West regional capital and largest settlement is Wa.

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Location and size[edit]

The Upper West region is precisely located in the Kingdom of Dagbon and the Upper West region is bordered on the north by the northern Ghana-Burkina Faso border, on the east by the Upper East region and Northern region, on the south by the Northern region, and on the west by the western Ghana-Burkina Faso border. It is the seventh largest region in Ghana in total area, and is made up of 9 districts.


The Wechiau Hippopotamus Sanctuary is located South West of Wa, along the Black Volta River.There is also the Gwollu Wall in the Sissala District which also serves as the hometown of one of Ghana's past presidents - Dr. Hilla Limann.


A distinctive feature of the Upper West region's culture is the brewing of pito (pronounced PEE-toe) a sweet, mildly alcoholic beverage derived from millet. Pito is sold by the brewers in open-air bars and drunk from calabashes.


The major economic activity of the region is agriculture. Crops grown include corn, millet, peanuts, ocra, shea butter, and rice. Sheep, goats, chickens, pigs and guinea fowl are raised for meat and eggs. Because the region's dry season is long, extending roughly from October to May, many people leave the region to work in the southern part of Ghana for at least part of the year.



The political administration of the region is through the local government system. Under this administration system, the region is divided into nine districts.[1] Each District, or Municipal Area, is administered by a Chief Executive representing the central government but deriving authority from an Assembly headed by a presiding member elected from among the members themselves.

Districts in Upper West Region
# District Capital Population
1 Jirapa/Lambussie Jirapa
2 Lambussie Karni Lambussie
3 Lawra Lawra
4 Nadowli Nadowli
5 Sissala East Tumu
6 Sissala West Gwollu
7 Wa East Funsi
8 Wa Municipal Wa
9 Wa West Wechiau
10 Nandom Nandom


  1. ^ a b "Upper West Region". GhanaDistricts.com. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  2. ^ "Upper West Region – Population". statsghana.gov.gh. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 


Coordinates: 10°20′N 2°15′W / 10.333°N 2.250°W / 10.333; -2.250