Ho, Ghana

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Ho
Town
View of Ho from Northern hills
View of Ho from Northern hills
Official logo of Ho
Ho Municipal Assembly logo
Ho is located in Ghana
Ho
Ho
Location of Ho in Volta Region
Coordinates: 6°36′43″N 0°28′13″E / 6.61194°N 0.47028°E / 6.61194; 0.47028Coordinates: 6°36′43″N 0°28′13″E / 6.61194°N 0.47028°E / 6.61194; 0.47028
CountryGhana
RegionVolta Region
DistrictHo Municipal District
Elevation150 m (490 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total96,213[1]
Time zoneGMT
 • Summer (DST)GMT
Area code(s)036

Ho is the capital city of the Ho Municipal District and the Volta Region of Ghana. The city lies between Mount Adaklu and Mount Galenukui or Togo Atakora Range, and is home to the Volta Regional Museum, a cathedral, and a prison.[2] It was formerly the administrative capital of British Togoland now part of the Volta Region and has a population of 96,213.[1]

History[edit]

Ho was a part of the German colony of Togoland until World War I, when it was occupied by the British. Ho later became the capital of the League of Nations mandate of British Togoland and then French Togoland until that entity's incorporation into the British Gold Coast colony, which subsequently became Ghana.[2] The town was initially inhabited by the people of Hegbe (now Heve), followed by the people of Banakoe (now corrupted to Bankoe). These two groups lived alongside each other with individual chiefdoms. The first known chief of the Bankoe people was Afede Asor I, known in his private life as Akorli. The chief of Heve was Anikpi I, who was known in his private life as Adzah Doe. The Ahoe and Dome joined the settlement at a later stage but came to play leading roles in its development. The people of Dome became the ruling class until the emergence of modern-day chieftancy which they ceded to the Bankoe people. The people of Hliha are a sub-group of Bankoe.

Major Areas[edit]

Ho Bankoe and Ho Dome

Sorrounding villages[edit]

Klefe Shia, Ghana Tokokoe Taviefe Tanyigbe

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Ho, Ghana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 38.3
(100.9)
40.7
(105.3)
40.0
(104)
38.9
(102)
37.8
(100)
36.1
(97)
33.3
(91.9)
35.0
(95)
35.0
(95)
35.0
(95)
36.5
(97.7)
36.7
(98.1)
40.7
(105.3)
Average high °C (°F) 32.9
(91.2)
34.3
(93.7)
33.3
(91.9)
32.4
(90.3)
31.6
(88.9)
29.6
(85.3)
28.1
(82.6)
28.5
(83.3)
29.9
(85.8)
30.9
(87.6)
32.2
(90)
31.9
(89.4)
31.3
(88.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) 27.4
(81.3)
28.4
(83.1)
28.1
(82.6)
27.6
(81.7)
27.0
(80.6)
25.7
(78.3)
24.6
(76.3)
24.6
(76.3)
25.5
(77.9)
26.2
(79.2)
27.1
(80.8)
26.9
(80.4)
26.6
(79.9)
Average low °C (°F) 21.9
(71.4)
22.4
(72.3)
22.9
(73.2)
22.8
(73)
22.5
(72.5)
21.8
(71.2)
21.0
(69.8)
20.6
(69.1)
21.1
(70)
21.5
(70.7)
22.0
(71.6)
21.8
(71.2)
21.9
(71.4)
Record low °C (°F) 16.5
(61.7)
19.0
(66.2)
20.0
(68)
20.0
(68)
19.5
(67.1)
18.5
(65.3)
16.0
(60.8)
16.0
(60.8)
18.0
(64.4)
19.0
(66.2)
19.5
(67.1)
16.5
(61.7)
16.0
(60.8)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 40
(1.57)
68
(2.68)
143
(5.63)
144
(5.67)
174
(6.85)
174
(6.85)
112
(4.41)
93
(3.66)
149
(5.87)
172
(6.77)
81
(3.19)
52
(2.05)
1,402
(55.2)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.3 mm) 3 6 12 13 16 18 14 10 14 18 10 5 139
Average relative humidity (%) 62 61 68 71 74 78 78 77 78 76 71 51 72
Mean monthly sunshine hours 226.3 217.5 226.3 204.0 229.4 147.0 117.8 145.7 138.0 223.2 249.0 260.4 2,384.6
Mean daily sunshine hours 7.3 7.7 7.3 6.8 7.4 4.9 3.8 4.7 4.6 7.2 8.3 8.4 6.2
Source: Deutscher Wetterdienst[3]

Attractions[edit]

The traditional festival in Ho is the Asogli Yam Festival, which is celebrated around September of every year.[2] Ho has a lively and huge open market that attracts people from all over the Volta Region and migrants from Togo.[2] There are numerous churches in the Ho municipality, including the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ho.[2] The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana has its headquarters in Ho. The church is predominantly in the Volta Region, the capital of which is Ho. The church also has a university. The University of Health and Allied Sciences is also in Ho.

Sports[edit]

Ho Sports Stadium is also located in the town. Volta Region's football team is Heart of Lions which is based in Kpandu's Kpando Stadium.[2]

Transport[edit]

In central parts of Ho the roads are paved, the roads outside are not.[2] An airport is being built to serve Ho; construction began in September 2015.[4]

Healthcare[edit]

The town is home to two hospitals, including the Volta Regional Hospital, completed in the year 2000. There are also numerous clinics that serve the town.[2]

Education[edit]

There are many private and public basic schools in Ho.[5] A list of tertiary institutions in Ho follows:

Tertiary Institutions[edit]

Secondary Education[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "World Gazetteer online". World-gazetteer.com. Archived from the original on 11 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Touring Ghana – Volta Region Archived 14 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. touringghana.com.
  3. ^ "Klimatafel von Ho / Ghana" (PDF). Baseline climate means (1961-1990) from stations all over the world (in German). Deutscher Wetterdienst. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  4. ^ Boadu, Kwame; Anane, Mary (19 September 2015). "Ho goes agog as Prez Mahama cuts sod for airport". Daily Graphic. Accra. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  5. ^ Schools in Volta Region. ghanaschoolsonline.com.
  6. ^ "Evangelical Presbyterian University College". Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  7. ^ "DataLink Institute, Ho". CoursesGhana. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  8. ^ "GCOM Institute of Science and Technology".
  9. ^ "Welcome to Sonrise Christian High School Ho, Ghana, West Africa". Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Wallahs Academy Senior High School". Ghana Education Directory. Retrieved 2 January 2017.

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