Volta Region

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Volta Region
region
Flag of Volta Region
Flag
Location of Volta Region in Ghana
Location of Volta Region in Ghana
Districts of Volta as of 2004
Districts of Volta as of 2004
Country Ghana
Capital Ho
Districts 25
Government
 • Regional Minister Helen Ntoso[1]
Area
 • Total 20,570 km2 (7,940 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 5th
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 2,118,252
 • Rank Ranked 7th
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)
 • Year 2014
 • Per capita $3,974
GDP (Nominal)
 • Year 2014
 • Per capita $1,902
Time zone GMT
Area code(s) 036
ISO 3166 code GH-TV

Volta Region is formerly German Togoland and British Togoland and is one of Ghana's ten administrative regions. It is west of Republic of Togo and to the east of Lake Volta. Its capital is Ho. The native and largest ethnic group is the Ewe people and the language spoken is the Ewe language.

List of districts[edit]

The region has 25 districts consisting of 5 municipal and 20 ordinary districts with all the administrative changes as of December 2012.[2]

District Capital District Chief Executive
Adaklu District Adaklu Waya Emmanuel Ganaku
Afadjato (East Dayi) District Ve Golokwati Angela Oforiwaa Alorwu-Tei
Agotime Ziope District Kpetoe Michael Kobla Adzaho
Akatsi North District Ave-Dakpa James Gunu
Akatsi South District Akatsi
Biakoye District Nkonya Ahenkro Louis Nana Akattah
Central Tongu District Adidome Mary Ama Agbenyenu
Ho Municipal District Ho Isaac Kwasi Kodobisah
Ho West District Dzolokpuita Samuel Ewoade
Hohoe Municipal District Hohoe Dr. Margaret Kweku
Jasikan District Jasikan Nana Barima Kumessy-Bonsy II
Kadjebi District Kadjebi Seth Alifui
Keta Municipal District Keta Sylvester Tornyeava
Ketu North District Dzodze vacant
Ketu South Municipal District Denu Bernard Frank Amarble
Kpando Municipal District Kpandu Paulina Delali Adinyirah
Krachi East District Dambai Rapheal Kofi Ogyemoko
Krachi Nchumuru District Chindiri Solomon Kuyon
Krachi West District Kete Krachi Kwame Ponye
Nkwanta North District Kpassa Paul Levin Gyato
Nkwanta South District Nkwanta Joseph Nyofam Ninkab
North Dayi District Anfoega Stephen Komla Timinca
North Tongu District Battor Dugame
South Dayi District Kpeve Kafui Bekui
South Tongu District Sogakope Kwabla Woyome

Education[edit]

Universities[edit]

Background[edit]

British Togoland shown in pale green

The Volta region was formed by the state union of the former British Togoland which was part of the German protectorate of Togoland. It was administered as part of the Gold Coast by the British as Trans Volta Togoland.[3]

Togoland Congress[edit]

Main article: Togoland Congress

The Togoland Congress (TCP) was a political party formed in 1951 to campaign for the unification of the Ewe people in British Togoland and French Togoland as a separate Ewe state. The party was defeated in the May 1956 UN plebiscite in British Togoland, which resulted in the unification of British Togoland into Akanland (today South Ghana) and Dagbon (today North Ghana) that creates modern Ghana.[4]

On 9 May 1956, a vote was conducted to decide the future disposition of British Togoland and French Togoland. The native and dominant ethnic group, the Ewe people, were divided between the two Togos. 58% of British Togoland inhabitants voted in favor of state union, and the Togo Ewe state was incorporated into Akanland (South Ghana) and Dagbon (North Ghana) by a state union.[5]

There was vocal opposition to the incorporation of Togoland into modern Ghana, from the Ewe people who voted (42%) against in British Togoland, as the Ewe wanted the unification of the Ewe people in British Togoland and French Togoland as a separate Ewe state (modern Togo).[5]

Demographics[edit]

The native and largest ethnic group of the Volta Region (Togoland / British Togoland) are the Ewe people who make up 92.3% of the population. They consist of several sub groups such as the Anlo Ewe and Avenor Ewe. Other ethnicities include the Ga-Dangme people also forming 4.0% of the population. The third largest ethnic group is the Gurma people from Burkina Faso in the north, forming 3.1% of the population. Also present are the Mole from Burkina Faso, Dagomba people from Burkina Faso, Grusi people from Burkina Faso, and the Mande speaking Bissa people also from Burkina Faso, all forming 1.1% of the population.[6]

Administration[edit]

The Volta region is run by a Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) and a District Assembly. The RCC is made up of the Volta Regional Minister who is the political head and his deputy as well as representatives of the Regional House of Chiefs, the District Chief Executives of the Volta region, the Presiding Members of the 12 Districts Assemblies and representatives of the various decentralized Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the Volta region. Each district is run by a District Assembly.[7]

Regional Commissioners and Ministers[edit]

The most recent Minister is Henry Ford Kamel who died on 25 December 2012.

Constituencies[edit]

The Volta Region has 26 constituencies since the recent December 2012 parliamentary election,[9] increasing by 4 from the previous 22 which it had during the December 2004 parliamentary election and At the election in December 2000, there were 19 constituencies.

Tourism[edit]

Recreation areas[edit]

Museum

Mountains[edit]

Other Tourist Attractions[edit]

Waterfalls

Famous native citizens[edit]

Famous native citizens of Volta
# Citizen Settlement
1 Erica Nego Ho
2 Jerry Rawlings Keta
3 Kofi Awoonor Wheta
4 Peter Bossman Ho
5 Ave Kludze Hohoe

References[edit]

  1. ^ "President Mahama reassigns Regional Ministers". Myjoyonline. 
  2. ^ "BREAK DOWN OF METROPOLITAN, MUNICIPAL AND DISTRICT ASSEMBLIES". GhanaDistricts.com. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  3. ^ Beigbeder, Yves (1 January 1994). International monitoring of plebiscites, referenda and national elections - Self-determination and Transition to Democracy. Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. p. 131 of 340. ISBN 978-0-7923-2563-5. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  4. ^ Daniel Miles McFarland, Historical Dictionary of Ghana, 1985, p. 173
  5. ^ a b McLaughlin & Owusu-Ansah (1994), "The Politics of the Independence Movements".
  6. ^ "Volta Region: Cultural and Social Structure". Retrieved 2006-11-26. 
  7. ^ "Volta Region - political administration". Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  8. ^ "Volta Regional Minister, Henry Ford Kamel, is dead. myjoyonline.com". 
  9. ^ http://politics.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201206/88434.php

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 7°00′N 0°30′E / 7.000°N 0.500°E / 7.000; 0.500