Eastern Region (Ghana)

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Eastern Region
Tourists enjoying themselves at Umbrella Rock
Tourists enjoying themselves at Umbrella Rock
Flag of Eastern Region
Location of Eastern Region in Ghana
Location of Eastern Region in Ghana
CountryGhana
CapitalKoforidua
Districts26
Government
 • Regional MinisterHon. Seth Kwame Acheampong[1]
Area
 • Total19,323 km2 (7,461 sq mi)
Area rankRanked 6th
Population
 (2010 Census)
 • Total2,633,154
 • RankRanked 3rd
 • Density140/km2 (350/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)
 • Year2013
 • Per capita$5,150
GDP (Nominal)
 • Year2013
 • Per capita$2,500
Time zoneGMT
Area code(s)034
ISO 3166 codeGH-EP
HDI (2017)0.590[2]
medium · 5th

The Eastern Region is located in south Ghana and is one of the sixteen administrative regions of Ghana. Eastern region is bordered to the east by the Lake Volta, to the north by Bono East Region and Ashanti region, to the west by Ashanti region, to the south by Central region and Greater Accra Region. Akans are the dominant inhabitants and natives of Eastern region and Akan, Ewe, Krobo, Hausa and English are the main spoken languages. The capital town of Eastern Region is Koforidua.The Eastern region is the location of the Akosombo dam and the economy of the Eastern region is dominated by its high-capacity electricity generation. Eastern region covers an area of 19,323 square kilometres, which is about 8.1% of Ghana's total landform.[3]

Hydro project[edit]

High-capacity electricity generation Akosombo Hydroelectric Project contains three main tributaries: the Black Volta; the White Volta and the Red Volta and the Akosombo Hydroelectric Project flows into the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean.[4]

Wide dynamic range of Akosombo Hydroelectric Project: hydroelectric dam on Lake Volta in Akosombo, Eastern region, Akosombo canyon. The construction of the dam in the Volta Basin resulted in the subsequent creation of Lake Volta.[4] Lake Volta is the Earth's largest man-made lake and artificial lake, covering 8,502 square kilometres (3,283 sq mi), which is 3.6% of Ghana's landform.[4]

Education[edit]

Secondary (High) Schools[edit]

The region also boasts of some quality basic schools such as Hecta School Complex, established in 1962, and others.

Colleges[edit]

Universities[edit]

Districts[edit]

District changes[edit]

Achiase District was carved out of the existing Birim South District and inaugurated on 22 February 2019.[5] The Afram Plains District has since been split into two and renamed as Kwahu Afram Plains North District with its capital being Donkorkrom and Kwahu Afram Plains South District with its capital also being Tease.[6] The Akuapim South District, East Akim District and Kwahu West Districts have been upgraded to Municipal status with the addition of Birim Central Municipal District which is entirely new. Other new districts include Akyemansa District and Kwahu East District. The Manya Krobo District has been split into Lower Manya Krobo District and Upper Manya Krobo District.[7]

Administrative divisions[edit]

The political administration of the region is through the local government system. Under this administration system, the region is divided into 33 MMDA's (made up of 0 Metropolitan, 13 Municipal and 20 Ordinary Assemblies).[8] 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 MMDA's were increased from 9 to 15 in 1988; then from 15 to 17 in 2004; then from 17 to 21 in 2008; then from 21 to 26 in 2012; and recently from 26 to 33 in 2018. The current list is as follows:

District Capital Constituency Member of Parliament Party
Abuakwa North Municipal Kukurantumi Abuakwa North Gifty Twum Ampofo NPP
Abuakwa South Municipal Kibi Abuakwa South Samuel Atta Akyea NPP
Achiase Achiase Achiase Kofi Ahenkorah Marfo NPP
Akuapim North Municipal Akropong Akropong Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah Adjei NPP
Akuapim South Aburi Akwapim South Osei Bonsu Amoah NPP
Akyemansa Ofoase Ofoase-Ayirebi Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah NPP
Asene Manso Akroso Manso Asene Akroso Manso George Kwame Aboagye NPP
Asuogyaman Atimpoku Asuogyaman Thomas Nyarko Ampem NDC
Atiwa East Anyinam Atiwa East Abena Osei Asare NPP
Atiwa West Kwabeng Atiwa West Kwesi Amoako Atta NPP
Ayensuano Coaltar Ayensuano Addi Safori Teddy NDC
Birim Central Municipal Akim Oda Akim Oda Alexander Akwasi Acquah NPP
Birim North New Abirem Abirem John Frimpong Osei NPP
Birim South Akim Swedru Akim Swedru Kennedy Osei Nyarko NPP
Denkyembour Akwatia Akwatia Henry Yiadom Boakye NDC
Fanteakwa North Begoro Fanteakwa North Kwabena Amankwa Asiamah NPP
Fanteakwa South Osino Fanteakwa South Kofi Okyere-Agyekum NPP
Kwaebibirem Municipal Kade Kade Alexander Agyare NPP
Kwahu Afram Plains North Donkorkrom Afram Plains North Betty Crosby Mensah NDC
Kwahu Afram Plains South Tease, Ghana Afram Plains South Joseph Appiah Boateng NDC
Kwahu East Abetifi Abetifi Bryan Achemapong NPP
Kwahu South Mpraeso Mpraeso Davis Ansah Opoku NPP
Kwahu West Municipal Nkawkaw Nkawkaw Joseph Frimpong NPP
Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Krobo Odumase Lower Manya Ebenezer Okletey Terlabi NDC
New Juaben North Municipal Effiduase New Juaben North Kwasi Boateng Adjei NPP
New Juaben South Municipal Koforidua New Juaben South Michael Okyere Baafi NPP
Nsawam Adoagyire Municipal Nsawam Nsawam Adoagyiri Frank Annoh-Dompreh NPP
Okere Adukrom Okere Daniel Botwe NPP
Suhum Municipal Suhum Suhum Kwadjo Asante NPP
Upper Manya Krobo Asesewa Upper Manya Bismark Tetteh Nyarko NDC
Upper West Akim Adeiso Upper West Akim Frederick Obeng Adom NPP
West Akim Municipal Asamankese Lower West Akim Charles Acheampong NPP
Yilo Krobo Municipal Somanya Yilo Krobo Albert Tetteh Nyakotey NDC
Districts of the Eastern Region

Culture[edit]

Tourist Sites[edit]

Famous native citizens[edit]

Famous native citizens of Eastern region
# Citizen Settlement
1 Nana Akufo-Addo Kibi
2 Seth Terkper Krobo Odumase
3 George Boateng Nkawkaw
4 Dr. J. B. Danquah Kibi
5 Samuel Wilberforce Awuku-Darko Suhum
6 Frederick W. K. Akuffo Akropong
7 Thomas Teye Partey Krobo Odumase
8 Okyehemaa Nana Dokua Adutwumwaa Kibi
9 Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin Kibi
10 Ken Ofori-Atta Kibi
11 Samuel Atta Akyea Kibi
12 Hackman Owusu Agyemang Koforidua

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Eastern Region". GhanaDistricts.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  4. ^ a b c Fobil 2003
  5. ^ "Newly created Achiase district inaugurated". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 2020-01-11.
  6. ^ [McAnthony Dagyenga,2017].
  7. ^ "Eastern Region". GhanaNation.com. Retrieved 23-12-2010.
  8. ^ "Ghana Districts". Ghana Districts. Retrieved 11 August 2017.

Coordinates: 6°30′N 0°30′W / 6.500°N 0.500°W / 6.500; -0.500