Aflao

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Aflao
Aflao Border view.jpg
Aflao is located in Ghana
Aflao
Aflao
Location in Ghana
Coordinates: 06°08′48.4″N 01°10′47.6″E / 6.146778°N 1.179889°E / 6.146778; 1.179889Coordinates: 06°08′48.4″N 01°10′47.6″E / 6.146778°N 1.179889°E / 6.146778; 1.179889
CountryFlag of Ghana.svg Ghana
Region Volta Region
DistrictKetu South District
Population
 (2012)
 • Total66,546[1]
 Ranked 28th in Ghana
Time zoneGMT
 • Summer (DST)GMT
Area code+233 (3625)

Aflao is a town in Ketu South District in the Volta Region on Ghana's border with Togo. Aflao is the twenty-eighth most populous settlement in Ghana, in terms of population, with a population of 96,550 people.[1]

In the 18th century, Aflao served as one of the major markets for the slave trade. Aflao is a big Land shared by the border of Ghana and Togo. So we have Aflao of Ghana and Aflao of Togo. The culture of this land base on their clothes called Kente or kete. Their local music is Agbadja and Brekete. Ghana authorities plan to creat a unique common post at Aflao.

History[edit]

Aflao people were war refugees of Phla extraction from Grand Popo in Benin. The exodus from Grand Popo was the result of the Wars by the Kingdom of Dahomey for access to the seaboard and European trading forts along the coast of Benin and Togo. Other war refugees who were of Ga Dangme extraction and displaced by the Akwamu wars also settled in Aflao. The Ga Dangme settled in the suburbs of Teshie, Gbugbla and Batorme. Constant skirmishes with the Bes of Togo for land and fishing rights compelled some of the Ga Dangme to relocate to Agortime area to join their kinsmen there.

Etymology[edit]

Ewe Fla:wo Phla/ Phera people

Phla/Phera belongs to the Gbe (Tadoid) language cluster [2]

Geography[edit]

Aflao - Ghana.

Aflao is located on the eastern coast of Ghana and is the major border town with neighboring Togo.

Chieftaincy[edit]

Aflao - Ghana as a traditional area has Togbui Amenya Fiti V as its Paramount Chief.[3] He is the traditional ruler of the land and performs traditional administrative and ceremonial functions in the area. Aflao - Togo has a different chief because of the different villages on this land. Aflao has an education school on the border of Lomé that teaches Ewe, the local language of Aflao.[4]

Industry[edit]

The Diamond Cement Ghana Limited factory is located at Aflao.[5][6]

In early 2014, a 2.5 km rail siding was completed to connect the cement works to the port of Lomé.[7] This siding crosses the border from Togo to Ghana and is of the 1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in) gauge.

Transportation[edit]

There are Public Transports from Aflao to major citie such as Accra; Kumasi; Techiman; Mim, Ahafo ; Sunyani; Takoradi; Tema; Ho; Wa; Bolgatanga; Elubo.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "World Gazetteer online". World-gazetteer.com. Archived from the original on 2012-01-11.
  2. ^ "Le Ghana travaille un poste commun à Aflao". Republic of Togo. Archived from the original on 2013-07-03.
  3. ^ Togbui, Fiti. "Togbui Fiti Appeals For Gov't Intervention In Aflao Dispute". Spyghana. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Language Ideology and Practice on the Aflao-Lome Borderland: The Case of two Border School". Archived from the original on 2011-06-17.
  5. ^ "Production slumps at Diamond Cement". ghanaweb.com. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Railpage".
  7. ^ Cement siding opened.
  • Dickson, K. B. "Trade Patterns in Ghana at the Beginning of the Eighteenth Century." Geographical Review 56.3 (1966): 417–431.

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