Central Region (Ghana)

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Central Region
Beach Resort and Seaside Resort setting in Central region, Ghana.jpg
Flag of Central Region
Location of Central Region in Ghana
Location of Central Region in Ghana
CapitalCape Coast
 • Regional MinisterKwamena Duncan[1]
 • Total9,826 km2 (3,794 sq mi)
Area rankRanked 8th
 (2010 Census)
 • Total2,201,863
 • RankRanked 8th
 • Density220/km2 (580/sq mi)
 • Year2013
 • Per capita$5,150
GDP (Nominal)
 • Year2013
 • Per capita$3,500
Time zoneGMT
Area code(s)033
ISO 3166 codeGH-CP
HDI (2017)0.548[2]
low · 4th

The Central Region is one of the sixteen administrative regions of Ghana. It is bordered by Ashanti and Eastern regions to the north, Western region to the west, Greater Accra region to the east, and to the south by the Gulf of Guinea. The Central region is renowned for its many elite higher education institutions and an economy based on an abundance of industrial minerals and tourism. The Central region attains many tourist attractions such as castles, forts and beaches stretched along the Central region's coastline.

Theora Video of beach on the coast of Winneba in the Effutu Municipal of the Central region.

Economy and tourism[edit]

The Central Region is a hub of education, with some of the best schools in the country. The region's economy is dominated by services followed by mining and fishing. Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle are prominent UNESCO World Heritage Sites and serve as a reminder of the slave trade. The Central Region is a major center for tourism within the peninsula of Ashantiland and it has some of the most beautiful beaches,[citation needed] and national parks (Kakum National Park). U.S. President Barack Obama made his first international trip to the city of Cape Coast in 2009.

Panorama of Elmina Castle that was erected by Portuguese in 1482 as São Jorge da Mina (St. George of the Mine) Castle, also known simply as Mina or Feitoria da Mina) in present-day Elmina, Ashantiland (formerly the Gold Coast region). It was the first trading post built on the Gulf of Guinea, so is the oldest European building in existence below the Sahara. First established as a trade settlement, the castle later became one of the most important stops on the route of the Atlantic slave trade. The Dutch seized the fort from the Portuguese in 1637, and took over all the Portuguese Gold Coast in 1642. The slave trade continued under the Dutch people until 1814. Today Elmina Castle is a historical site, and was a filming location for Werner Herzog's 1987 drama film Cobra Verde. The castle is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.


University of Cape Coast Faculty of Education Lecture Theatre building

Public Universities[edit]

Private Universities[edit]

  • KAAF University College
  • Marysons College, Cape Coast
  • Pan African Christian University College
  • Nduom School of Business and Technology

Training Colleges and Polytechnics[edit]

  • Ola Training College, Old Elmina Road, Cape Coast
  • Presbyterian Women Training College
  • Gladmond Vocational Institute, Abura/Asebu/Kwamank
  • Methodist Voc Trg Centre, Abura/Asebu/Kwamank
  • Archbishop Porter's Polytechnic, CAPE COAST
  • Fosu College of Education, Assin Fosu.
  • Komenda College of Education, Komenda.
  • Assinman Nursing and Midwifery Training College

Senior High Schools[edit]

  • Aburaman Senior High School, Abura/Asebu/Kwamank
  • Academy of Christ the King, Cape Coast
  • Adankwaman Sec/Comm, Assin Darman
  • Adisadel College
  • Aggrey Memorial Senior High School, Cape Coast
  • Apam Senior High School
  • Assin Manso Senior High School, Assin Manso
  • Assin North Sec/Tech, Assin Asempanaye
  • Assin Nsuta Senior High School, Assin Nsuta
  • Assin State College, Assin Bereku
  • Awutu-Winton Senior High School, Awutu/Efutu/Senya
  • Besease Sec/Comm, Ajumako Besease
  • Boa-Amponsem Senior High School, DUNKWA-ON-OFFIN
  • Breman Asikuma Senior High School, Asikuma/Od/Brakwa
  • Charity Comm Sch, Twifo Hemang
  • Charity International Senior High School, Gomoa Manso
  • Diaso Senior High School, Upper Denkyira
  • Dunkwa Sec/Tech, Dunkwa -On-Offin
  • Edinaman Day Senior School, Edin/Kom/Eguafo
  • Effutu Sec/Tech, Cape Coast
  • Ekumfi T.I Ahmadiyya Senior High School, Ekumfi Ekroful
  • Eguafo-Abrem Senior High School, Edin/Kom/Eguafo
  • Enyan Denkyira Senior High, Abura/Asebu/Kwamank
  • Eyan Denkyira Senior High School, Ajumako/Enyan/Esiam
  • Ghana National College
  • Gomoa Sec/Tech, Gomoa
  • Holy Child High School, Ghana
  • Insaanyya Senior High Business School, Kasoa
  • Jukwa Senior High, Twifo Hemang
  • Komenda Senior High School Edin/Kom/Eguafo
  • kumfi T. I Ahmadiiyya Senior High, Abura/Asebu/Kwamank
  • Kwanyako Senior High School, Agona Kwanyako
  • Kwegyir Aggrey Senior High School
  • Mando Day Senior High School, Ajumako/Enyan/Esiam
  • Mankessim Sec/Tech, Mankessim
  • Mfantsiman Girls' Secondary School
  • Mfantsipim School
  • MOSECO, Kasoa
  • Nsaba Presby Senior High, Agona Nsaba
  • Nyakrom Day Senior High, Agona Nyakrom
  • Nyankumase Ahenkro Senior High, Fante Nyankomase
  • Obama College, Mankessim
  • Obiri Yeboah Senior High, Assin Fosu
  • Obrakyere Sec/Tech Awutu/Efutu/Senya
  • Odoben Senior High, Asikuma/Od/Brakwa
  • Oguaa Sec/Tech, Cape Coast
  • Pank Secondary Business College, Awutu Bawjiase
  • Potsin T.I Ahm Senior High School, Gomoa Potsin
  • S.D.A Senior High School, Gomoa Manso
  • Saltpond Meth. Senior High, Saltpond
  • Sammo Senior High School, Cape Coast
  • Senya Senior High
  • St. Augustine's College (Cape Coast)
  • Swedru School of Business
  • Swedru Senior high, Agona Swedru
  • University Practice Senior High School
  • Wesley Girls' High School
  • Winneba Senior High, Winneba
  • Moree Senior High Technical School


The Central Region is well known for its varied choices in cuisine. Etsew and Fantefante (fresh fish palm oil stew) is the main dish enjoyed. Kenkey and Fufu are both eaten with a variety of sauces, stews, and soups. Seafood is commonly eaten across the Central Region.

African threadfish (Alectis alexandrina), from Cape Coast on the Peninsula Ashantiland.
Black jack fish (Caranx lugubris), from Cape Coast on the Peninsula Ashantiland.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The political administration of the region is through the local government system. Under this administration system, the region is divided into 22 MMDA's (made up of 1 Metropolitan, 7 Municipal and 14 Ordinary Assemblies).[3] Each District, Municipal or Metropolitan Assembly, 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. The current list is as follows:

Districts of the Central Region
Districts of the Central Region[4]
# MMDA Name Capital MMDA Type Population
1 Abura/Asebu/Kwamankese Dunkwa Ordinary
2 Agona East Nsaba Ordinary
3 Agona West Swedru Municipal
4 Ajumako/Enyan/Essiam Ajumako Ordinary
5 Asikuma/Odoben/Brakwa Breman Asikuma Ordinary
6 Assin Central [5] Assin Fosu Municipal
7 Assin North Assin Bereku Ordinary
8 Assin South Nsuaem-Kyekyewere Ordinary
9 Awutu Senya East Kasoa Municipal
10 Awutu Senya West Awutu Breku Ordinary
11 Cape Coast Metropolitan Cape Coast Metropolitan
12 Effutu Winneba Municipal
13 Ekumfi Essarkyir Ordinary
14 Gomoa Central[6] Gomoa Afransi Ordinary
15 Gomoa East Potsin Ordinary
16 Gomoa West Apam Ordinary
17 Komenda/Edina/Eguafo/Abirem Elmina Municipal
18 Mfantsiman Saltpond Municipal
19 Twifo-Atti Morkwa Twifo Praso Ordinary
20 Twifo/Heman/Lower Denkyira Twifo Hemang Ordinary
21 Upper Denkyira East Dunkwa-on-Offin Municipal
22 Upper Denkyira West[7][8] Diaso Ordinary

Notable citizens[edit]

Notable citizens of Central region
# Citizen Settlement
1 Ishmael Yartei Agona Swedru
2 Yvonne Nelson Cape Coast
3 Jackie Appiah Cape Coast
4 Menaye Donkor Agona Asafo
5 Paul Boateng Cape Coast
6 Van Vicker Cape Coast
7 Majid Michel Cape Coast
8 Michael Essien Cape Coast
9 John Mensah Cape Coast
10 Lydia Forson Cape Coast
11 Kwesi Amissah-Arthur Cape Coast
12 Paa Kwesi Nduom Elmina
13 Asamoah Boateng Kormantse
14 John Evans Atta Mills Cape Coast
15 Kwabena Kwabena Gomoa Mpota


  1. ^ "Regional Ministers - Government of Ghana". ghana.gov.gh. Archived from the original on 2017-07-04. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ "Central Region". GhanaDistricts. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  4. ^ Central Region – Districts
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Coordinates: 5°30′N 1°00′W / 5.500°N 1.000°W / 5.500; -1.000