Brong-Ahafo region

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Brong-Ahafo region
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Bui Bayou
Location of Brong-Ahafo region in Ghana
Location of Brong-Ahafo region in Ghana
 • Regional ministerKwaku Asomah-Cheremeh[1]
 • Total39,557 km2 (15,273 sq mi)
 • RankRanked 2nd
 (2010 Census)
 • Total2,310,983
 • RankRanked 6th
 • Density58/km2 (150/sq mi)
 • Year2013
 • Per capita$5,150
GDP (nominal)
 • Year2013
 • Per capita$2,500
Time zoneGMT
Area code035
ISO 3166 codeGH-BA
HDI (2017)Increase 0.584[2]
medium· 6st

The Brong-Ahafo region was a region in central Ghana. Brong-Ahafo was bordered to the north by the Black Volta river and to the east by the Lake Volta, and to the south by the Ashanti, Eastern and Western regions. The capital of Brong-Ahafo is Sunyani. Brong-Ahafo was created on 14 April 1959 from the then Western Ashanti and named after the main ethnic groups, the Brong and Ahafo.[3] In 2019, as a result of the 2018 Ghanaian new regions referendum, the region was divided into three, namely Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions, and ceased to exist.[4]

Economy and tourism[edit]

Brong Ahafo is known for its large cocoa production and agribusiness industries.[5][6] Brong-Ahafo contains many Akan cultural and wildlife attractions, but it is less known to tourists than the Ashanti or Central region. Attractions of Brong-Ahafo include Kintampo, with its waterfalls (Kintampo waterfalls) and nature reserves; Fiema, one of the communities which is home to the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary (a short distance outside Sunyani); national parks, Bui National Park and Digya National Park.


Paul Yeboah is the founder of the Ghana Permaculture Institute. The Ghana Permaculture Institute is a non-profit organization in Techiman (Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana). The purpose of the Institute is to train communities how to build and maintain stable food systems using Permaculture sustainable practices that restore, take care of local ecosystems, and to improve quality of life in rural and urban areas.[7][8]

Universities in the area include the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG), Anglican University of Technology (AnguTech), College of Science, Arts and Education (CSAE) and Sunyani Technical University.[9][10]


The region is renowned for producing a lot of elite athletes. Asamoah Gyan, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and John Paintsil are just a few of the numerous prominent sports personalities the region has produced. Currently, the region houses three of the 16 teams in the Ghana premier league. Aduana Stars F.C. is the traditional team of the Dormaa Traditional Area and it is based in Dormaa Ahenkro. They were promoted into the league for the first time in 2009 and emerged champions of the Ghana premier league that same year. In 2010 the premier league was won by Berekum Chelsea F.C., a club which is based in Berekum. Aduana Stars won the 2017 Ghanaian Premier League.[11] Bechem United F.C. is the third Ghana Premier League team from the Brong-Ahafo Region.


Districts of the Brong Ahafo region

The Brong Ahafo region was created in April 1959. It contains 27 districts. They are made up of 8 municipal and 19 ordinary districts as follows:[12]

Districts in the Brong-Ahafo Region
# District Capital Population
1 Asunafo North Municipal Goaso
2 Asunafo South Kukuom
3 Asutifi North Kenyasi
4 Asutifi South Hwidiem
5 Atebubu-Amantin Municipal Atebubu
6 Banda District Banda Ahenkro
7 Berekum East Municipal Berekum
8 Berekum West Jinijini
9 Dormaa East Wamfie
10 Dormaa Municipal Dormaa Ahenkro
11 Dormaa West Nkrankwanta
12 Jaman North Sampa
13 Jaman South Municipal Drobo
14 Kintampo North Municipal Kintampo
15 Kintampo South Jema
16 Nkoranza North Busunya
17 Nkoranza South Municipal Nkoranza
18 Pru
19 Sene East Kajaji
20 Sene West Kwame Danso
21 Sunyani Municipal Sunyani
22 Sunyani West Odumase
23 Tain Nsawkaw
24 Tano North Duayaw Nkwanta
25 Tano South Bechem
26 Techiman Municipal Techiman
27 Techiman North (Tuobodom)
28 Wenchi Municipal Wenchi

Notable people[edit]

Notable citizens of the Brong-Ahafo Region
Citizen Settlement
Matthew Nkum Sunyani
Kevin-Prince Boateng Kyeremasu, Dormaa East
Asamoah Gyan Wenchi
James Kwesi Appiah Sunyani
George Benneh Jamdede
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu Seikwa
John Paintsil Berekum
Kwadwo Afari-Gyan Berekum
Ernest Asante Sunyani
Beatrice Nkum Sunyani
Saddick Adams Sunyani
Nana Yaw Konadu Yeboah Sunyani
Kwame Saarah-Mensah Tanoso, Sunyani


  1. ^ "Regional Ministers - Government of Ghana". Archived from the original on 4 July 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  3. ^ Daniel Miles McFarland, Historical Dictionary of Ghana, Scarecrow Press, 1995, p. 56
  4. ^ Ali, Biiya Mukusah (23 August 2019). "Former Brong Ahafo Region to mark 60th anniversary". Graphic Ghana. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  5. ^ Online, Peace FM. "Cocoa Industry Under Threat - Illegal Miners Destroy Rehabilitated Farms". Peacefmonline- Ghana news. Retrieved 24 November 2023.
  7. ^ "Fieldresearch: Ghana Permaculture Institute". kumasi. 17 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Ghana Permaculture Institute". Global Ecovillage Network. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Students of Sunyani Technical University develop triple-power spraying machine - MyJoyOnline". Myjoyonline. 17 August 2023. Retrieved 24 November 2023.
  10. ^ "UENR appeals for government assistance to build a Multipurpose STEM Centre - MyJoyOnline". Myjoyonline. 4 August 2021. Retrieved 24 November 2023.
  11. ^ "Aduana are champions". Daily Graphic. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Brong Ahafo". GhanaDistricts. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2013.

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