Ashanti Region

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Sawah rice cultivation in inland valleys in Ashanti region, Ghana
Sawah rice cultivation in inland valleys in Ashanti region, Ghana
Flag of Ashanti
Location of Ashanti Region in Ghana
Location of Ashanti Region in Ghana
 • Regional MinisterSimon Osei-Mensah[1]
 • Total24,389 km2 (9,417 sq mi)
Area rankRanked 3rd
 (2010 Census)[3]
 • Total4,780,380
 • RankRanked 1st
 • Density200/km2 (510/sq mi)
 • Year2013
 • Per capita$5,150
GDP (Nominal)
 • Year2013
 • Per capita$2,500
Time zoneGMT
Area code(s)032
ISO 3166 codeGH-AH
HDI (2017)Increase 0.602[4]
medium · 3rd

The Ashanti Region is located in south Ghana and is third largest of 16 administrative regions (formerly 10), occupying a total land surface of 24,389 km2 (9,417 sq mi) or 10.2 per cent of the total land area of Ghana. In terms of population, however, it is the most populated region with a population of 4,780,380 according to the 2011 census, accounting for 19.4% of Ghana's total population. The Ashanti Region is known for its major gold bar and cocoa production. The largest city and regional capital is Kumasi.


Location and size[edit]

The Ashanti Region is centrally located in the middle belt of Ghana. It lies between longitudes 0.15W and 2.25W, and latitudes 5.50N and 7.46N. The region shares boundaries with six of the sixteen political regions, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions in the north, Eastern region in the east, Central region in the south and Western region in the South west. The region is divided into 27 districts, each headed by a District Chief Executive.



Recreation areas[edit]

  • Centre for National Culture
  • Rattray Park

Historic sites[edit]

  • Komfo Anokye Sword site
  • Manhyia Palace Museum
  • Kumasi Fort and Military Museum
  • Armed Forces Museum
  • The Prempeh II Jubilee Museum
  • The Asante Traditional Buildings
  • Yaa Asantewaa Museum


Young drummers at Bomeng.

Several festivals are celebrated in the region, the major ones being the Akwasidae and Adae Kese. These are religious festivals celebrated by some members of the Akan ethnic group of which the Ashanti belong. The festivals are celebrated to remember past leaders and heroes. Though they are dead, their spirits are believed to be alive and taking interest in the affairs of the living, watching their actions, and consulting with them during the Adae festival.

Other tourist attractions[edit]

Farmers Day in Ashanti Region
  • Kejetia Market
  • Patakro shrine
  • Adinkra cloth printing in Ntonso
  • Adanwomase Kente Village
  • Bonwire Kente Village
  • Ahwiaa Woodcarving Village



The center of population of the Ashanti Region is located in the Kumasi Metropolitan District. According to the 2000 census, the region had a population of 3,612,950, making it the most populous region; however, its density (148.1 per square km) is lower than that of Central (162.2/km2) Region.[5] Majority of Ashanti region's population are Ethnic Akans and citizens by birth (94.2%) with five per cent naturalized Ghanaians. A smaller proportion (5.8%) of the population originate from outside Ashanti and Akanland or Ghana, made up of 3.7 per cent mainly from the five English-speaking countries of ECOWAS and 2.1 per cent from other African countries. The non-African population living in the region is 1.8 per cent of the total population. Akans are the predominant ethnic group in the region, representing 94.2% of citizens by birth. A high proportion (82.9%) of the Akan population is Ashanti.[6]


The Ashanti region is served by the Kumasi Airport, which handles domestic flights. Five national highways – N4, N6, N8, N10 and N6 – and a few regional highways such as the R52 and R106 serve the region.

The N6 connects Kumasi via Kwame Nkrumah Circle and through Nsawam and N4 to Accra. The region is also connected to the Central Region by the N8 and N10, both of which originate from Yemoransa in the Central Region. The N10, however, connects the regional capital of Kumasi.


Anglican Secondary School, Kumasi

Senior high schools[edit]

  • Dadease Senior High School, Dadease
  • Akomadan Senior High School, Akomadan
  • Dompoase Senior High School, Dompoasi
  • Afia Kobi Ampem Girls (Royal AKAGSHS)
  • Adanwomase SENIOR High School (ADASS)
  • Agogo State College, Agogo Asante-Akyem
  • Agona SDA Senior High School, Agona
  • Anglican Senior High School, Kumasi
  • Asanteman School (Real Assas)
  • Osei Tutu Senior High School (OT)
  • Bekwai SDA Senior High School
  • Ghana Armed Forces Secondary Technical School, Kumasi
  • Beposo Senior High School, Beposo
  • Collins Secondary Commercial School, Agog o Asante-Akyem
  • Effiduase Senior High School, Effiduase
  • Ejisuman Senior High School, Ejisu
  • Ejuraman Senior High School, Ejura
  • Fomena T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School, Adansi Fomena
  • Jachie-Pramso Senior High School (Formerly MIGHTY JAPASS)
  • Komfo Anokye Senior High School, Wiamoase
  • Kumasi Academy, Asokore-Mampong, Kumasi
  • Kumasi Girls' Senior High School
  • Kumasi Wesley Girls High School
  • Kumasi High School
  • Obuasi Secondary Technical School (O.S.T.S)
  • Wesley Senior High School (WEHIS), Bekwai
  • Adventist Senior High School (ADASS), Bantama
  • Ofoase Kokoben Senior High School (OFKOSS)
  • Adventist Girls Senior High School (ADGISS), Ntonso
  • Opoku Ware Secondary School, Kumasi.
  • St. Louis Senior High School, Oduom
  • Nkawie Secondary Technical School.
  • Oppong Memorial Senior High School.
  • Osei Kyeretwie Senior High School, Kumasi.
  • Prempeh College, Kumasi.
  • Simms Senior High School, Fawoade
  • Bonwire Senior High Tech. School.
  • St Joseph Senior High School (Ehuren)
  • St. Monica's Senior High School, Mampong
  • Amaniampong Senior High School, Mampong
  • T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School, Kumasi
  • T.I. Ahmadiyya Girls' Senior High School, Asokore
  • Jacobu Senior High School, Jacobu
  • Juaben Senior High School, Juaben
  • Yaa Asantewaa Girls' Senior High School, Tanoso
  • Kumasi Senior High Technical School (K.S.T.S),
  • Tepa Senior High School, Tepa. (GREAT TESS).
  • Mabang Senior High School, Mabang.

•Aduman Senior High School,(Admass) Aduman

  • Dwamena Akenten Senior High School,(DASS) Offinso

Higher education[edit]

The Ashanti region has one public university, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and a Polytechnic in Kumasi. In addition, there are a number of private universities and university colleges spread throughout the region.

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology


  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi
  • Ghana Baptist University College, Kumasi
  • Spiritan University College, Ejisu
  • Garden City University College, Kenyasi, Kumasi
  • University of Education, Kumasi Campus, Kumasi
  • National Institute Of Information Technology, Kumasi Campus NIIT.
  • Kumasi Technical University, K-Poly
  • IPMC, Kumasi Campus
  • Akrokerri College of Education
  • St. Monica's College of Education, Mampong
  • Christian Service University College, Odeneho Kwadaso
  • Wesley College of Education
  • St. Louis College of Education
  • University of Education, Mampog Campus
  • Mampong Technical College of Education (MAMTECH)
  • S.D.A. College of Education, Agona


Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital


Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi


The political administration of the region is through the local government system. Under this administration system, the region is divided into 30 districts made up of 1 Metropolitan, 7 Municipal and 22 Ordinary districts.[7] Each District, Municipal or Metropolitan 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 of the Ashanti Region
Districts in the Ashanti Region[8]
District Capital MMDA Type Population
Adansi North Fomena Ordinary 235,680 (2000 census)
Adansi South New Edubiase Ordinary 129,325 (2000 census)
Afigya-Kwabre Kodie Ordinary
Ahafo Ano North Tepa Ordinary 71,856 (2000 census)
Ahafo Ano South Mankranso Ordinary 133,874 (2000 census)
Amansie Central Jacobu Ordinary 219,508 (2000 census)
Amansie West Manso Nkwanta Ordinary 108,768 (2000 census)
Asante Akim Central Municipal Konongo Municipal 71,508 (2010 census)
Asante Akim North Agogo Ordinary 126,465 (2000 census)
Asante Akim South Juaso Ordinary 96,885 (2000 census)
Asokore Mampong Municipal Asokore Mampong Municipal 304,815 (2010 census)
Atwima Kwanwoma Foase Kokoben Ordinary 234,759 (2000 census)
Atwima Mponua Nyinahin Ordinary
Atwima Nwabiagya Nkawie Ordinary
Bekwai Municipal Bekwai Municipal
Bosome Freho Asiwa Ordinary
Bosomtwe Kuntenase Ordinary 145,524 (2000 census)
Ejisu-Juaben Municipal Ejisu Municipal 124,179 (2000 census)
Ejura/Sekyedumase Ejura Ordinary 81,119 (2000 census)
Kumasi Metropolitan Kumasi Metropolitan 1,171,311 (2000 census)
Kwabre Mamponteng Ordinary 164,668 (2000 census)
Mampong Municipal Mampong Municipal
Obuasi Municipal Obuasi Municipal
Offinso Municipal Offinso Municipal 138,190 (2000 census)
Offinso North Akomadan Ordinary
Sekyere Afram Plains Drobonso Ordinary 28,535 (2010 census)
Sekyere Central Nsuta Ordinary
Sekyere East Effiduase Ordinary 157, 378
Sekyere Kumawu Kumawu Ordinary 65,402 (2010 census)
Sekyere South Agona Ashanti Ordinary 143,213

Famous native citizens[edit]

Famous native citizens of Ashanti
Citizen Settlement
Mamme Efya Nyarko Ashanti, Ghana
Richmond Boakye Agogo
Deborah Owusu-Bonsu Pakyi no2
Sulley Muntari Konongo
Sonia Ibrahim Kumasi
Emmanuel Frimpong Kumasi
Kofi Annan Kumasi
John Kufuor Kumasi
Isaac Vorsah Kumasi
Juliet Ibrahim Kumasi
Sam Jonah Obuasi
Rhian Benson Kumasi
Samuel Kuffour Kumasi
Tony Yeboah Kumasi
Kwadwo Asamoah Kumasi
Maxwell Konadu Kumasi
Harrison Afful Kumasi
Quincy Owusu-Abeyie Kumasi
Kevin-Prince Boateng Kumasi
Kofi Kingston Kumasi

General I. K Acheampong, former Head of State of Ghana, Taabuom, Atwima

General Akwasi Amankwaa Afrifa, former Head of state, Krobo, Asante-Mampong,

Dr. J.H. Frimpong-Ansah, former Governor of Bank of Ghana, Asante-Mampong,

Yaw Manu-Sarpong, former Deputy of Bank of Ghana, Asante-Nsuta

Joseph Yaw Manu, politician, Asante-Nsuta

Victor Owusu, former leader and Presidential candidate of the Popular Front Party, Asante-Agona

Professor Albert Adu Boahen, leader and Presidential candidate of the New patriotic Party and renowned historian, Asante-Juaben

Alhaji Ibrahim Kwabena Antwi, an academic and first librarian of University for Development Studies, Tamale, Asante-Nsuta,

Abdul Karim Tanko Razak, former best footballer of Africa, Kumasi

Samuel Opoku-Nti, footballer, kumasi,

Kwasi Appiah, footballer and coach of the Ghana National Football Team, the Black Stars, Asante-Bekwai,

Bishop Obinim, Christian occultist, Kumasi

Ohene Kakari, athlete, Kumasi,

Hannah Afriyie, athlete, Ejisu,

Emmanuel Tuffour (Koora) athlete, Kumasi,

Gerald Asamoa, footballer, Germany National Football Team, Asante-Mampong,

Maulvi Abdul Wahab Adam, Islamic cleric and scholar and former Head and Missionary-In-Charge of Ahmadiyya Movement in Ghana, Adansi-Fomena.

Kojo Safo Kantanka- Asante Bekwai,

Daddy Lumba, highlife musician -Asante Nsuta

Nana Ama McBrown Actress -Kumasi


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  2. ^ "Ashanti Region". Archived from the original on 2010-08-28. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
  3. ^ "Ashanti Region". Archived from the original on 2010-08-28. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
  4. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
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  6. ^ Ashanti Region Archived August 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
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  8. ^ Ashanti Region.