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]

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.

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
  • Efumfi T.I Ahmadiyya Senior High School, Mfantsiman
  • 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, Abura
  • 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
  • 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


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.


The Central Region comprises 20 districts:[3]

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

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


  1. ^ "Regional Ministers - Government of Ghana". ghana.gov.gh.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ "Central Region". GhanaDistricts. Retrieved 11 December 2017.

Coordinates: 5°30′N 1°00′W / 5.500°N 1.000°W / 5.500; -1.000