Western Region (Ghana)

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Western Region
region
Flag of Western Region
Flag
Location of Western Region in Ghana
Location of Western Region in Ghana
Districts of Western region
Districts of Western region
Country Ghana
Capital Sekondi-Takoradi
Districts 22
Government
 • Regional Minister Paul Evans Aidoo
Area
 • Total 23,921 km2 (9,236 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 4th
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 2,376,021
 • Rank Ranked 4th
 • Density 99/km2 (260/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)
 • Year 2013
 • Per capita $5,150
GDP (Nominal)
 • Year 2013
 • Per capita $2,500
Time zone GMT
Area code(s) 031
ISO 3166 code GH-WP

The Western Region is located in south Ghana, reaching from the western and eastern Ivory Coast border in the west to the Central region in the east, includes the capital and large twin city of Sekondi-Takoradi on the coast, coastal Axim, and a hilly inland area including Elubo. It includes Ghana's southernmost location, Cape Three Points, where crude oil was discovered in commercial quantities in June 2007. The Western region enjoys a long coastline that stretches from South Ghana's border with Ivory Coast to the Western region's boundary with the Central region on the east.

The Western region has the highest rainfall in Ghana, lush green hills, and fertile soils. There are numerous small and large-scale gold mines along with offshore oil platforms dominate the Western region economy.

The culture is dominated by the Akans; the main languages are Akan and English.

Tourism[edit]

The largest rivers are the Ankobra River, the Bia River, and the Pra River in the east, with the Tano River partly forming the western national border. The area is known for the UNESCO World Heritage Site and village of Nzulezo, built entirely on stilts and platforms over water, and the Ankasa Protected Area. There is a series of imposing Portuguese, Dutch, British, and Brandenburgian forts along the coast, built from 1512 on.

Education[edit]

The Western region has many post-secondary schools, including teachers' and nursing colleges, polytechnics, and a university at Tarkwa, the University of Mines and Technology.

Districts[edit]

The Western Region of South Ghana contains the following 22 districts:

Districts in Western region
# District Population
1 Ahanta West
2 Aowin/Suaman
3 Bia
4 Bia East
5 Bibiani/Anhwiaso/Bekwai
6 Bodi
7 Ellembelle
8 Jomoro
9 Juabeso
10 Mpohor
11 Mpohor/Wassa East
12 Nzema East
13 Prestea-Huni Valley
14 Sefwi Akontombra
15 Sefwi-Wiawso
16 Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan
17 Shama
18 Suaman
19 Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal
20 Wasa Amenfi East
21 Wasa Amenfi West
22 Wasa Amenfi Central
Total

Famous native citizens[edit]

Famous native citizens of Western region
# Citizen Settlement
1 Samuel Inkoom Sekondi-Takoradi
2 Nadia Buari Sekondi-Takoradi
3 Boris Kodjoe Sekondi-Takoradi
4 John Atta Mills Tarkwa
5 Kwame Nkrumah Nkroful
6 Anton Wilhelm Amo Axim

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Coordinates: 5°30′N 2°30′W / 5.500°N 2.500°W / 5.500; -2.500