Konongo, Ghana

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Konongo
Konongo-Odumase
Town & Municipality Capital
Konongo is located in Ashanti
Konongo
Konongo
Location of Konongo within Ashanti
Coordinates: 06°37′00″N 01°13′00″W / 6.61667°N 1.21667°W / 6.61667; -1.21667Coordinates: 06°37′00″N 01°13′00″W / 6.61667°N 1.21667°W / 6.61667; -1.21667
Region Ashanti
Municipality Asante Akim Central District
Population (2012)
 • Total 71,238[1]
 • Ethnicity Ashanti people
 • Demonym Konongoan
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time
 • Summer (DST) GMT (UTC)

Konongo (also Konongo-Odumase) is a gold bar mining and manganese mining community located in Ashanti, Ghana. The town serves as the capital of the Asante Akim Central Municipal.[2] As of 2012, Konongo has a settlement population of 41,238 people.[1] Konongo is about 53 kilometres (33 mi) from Kumasi, the Ashanti capital.

Gold Mining and Manganese Mining[edit]

The Gold mining town of Konongo has always been a lively town. It was a very boisterous town many decades before the 1950s. Konongo was the commercial capital of the Kumasi East Council which later became the Asante-Akyem District. The Gold mines that was owned by British companies attracted many nationalities from the West African Sub-Region as well as other ethnic groups from the West African Sub-Region.

Konongo Gold Mine: Konongo Gold Mine is a suspended open pit mine in Ashanti and the Konongo Gold Mine mainly produces bullion gold bars. In Raw Materials Data production data for gold for 6 years, between 1984 and 1992 can be found and the Konongo Gold Mine is controlled/owned by Signature Metals Ltd, Konongo Gold Mine is just one of 26,000 entities to be found in Raw Materials Data, the mining industry's most extensive database. Konongo has manganese ores deposits estimated at over 1.7 million metric tonnes at Odumase near Konongo in Ashanti as the Ashanti manganese ores deposits have manganese content of 19.7%.[3]

Education[edit]

Konogo-Odumase is the location of the Konongo-Odumase Senior High School, a coeducational second cycle institution.[4][5]

Notable people[edit]

Professional footballer Sulley Muntari was born and raised in the town, as was percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah. Konongo is a gold mining and manganese mining town.[6] Currently, the underground mine shafts are in use.

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