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The Republic of Ghana is a country located in West Africa. It shares borders with Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to the west, Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) to the north, the Republic of Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea or the Atlantic ocean to the south. Its population is estimated at approximately 20 million (in 2013) and it has an area of 238,535 km2 (92,099 sq mi).

It was inhabited in pre-colonial times by a number of ancient predominantly Akan kingdoms, including the inland Ashanti Empire, the Akwamu, the Akyem, the Bonoman, the Denkyira, and the Mankessim Kingdom among others, states along the coast and the Ashanti kingdoms, Northern territories and others further inland. Prior to contact with Europeans trade between the Akan and various African states flourished due to Akan's gold wealth. Trade with European states flourished after contact with the Portuguese in the 15th century. The British established a crown colony, Gold Coast, in 1874.

Ghana was formed from the merger of Gold Coast and the British Togoland trust territory by a UN sponsored plebiscite. It was the first sub-Saharan country to obtain independence from colonial rule. Upon achieving independence from the United Kingdom on March 6, 1957, the name Ghana was chosen for the new nation to reflect the ancient Empire of Ghana that once roamed the west of Africa. After a period of frequent military interventions, Ghana has had a stable democracy and regular elections since 1992.

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Lake Volta
Credit: Sandister Tei
Lake Volta landscape in Eastern Region of Ghana. Lake Volta by artificial surface area is the largest reservoir and lake in the world. Lake Volta drains into the Gulf of Guinea. Lake Volta has three main tributaries—the Black Volta, White Volta and Red Volta.

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Patrick G. Awuah, Jr. is the founder and president of the Ashesi University - a private and not-for-profit institution in Accra Ghana, established in 2001 and had its students graduated in 2005. Patrick G. Awuah, Jr, worked as a Program Manager for Microsoft in Seattle for almost a decade after leaving his home country Ghana when he was a teenager. He spearheaded the development of dial-up internetworking technologies when he worked at Microsoft. Awuah was a millionaire before he reached age 30. However, he left his lucrative career. After living in the United States for two decades, Patrick Awuah decided to return to his native country Ghana and set up the Ashesi University in the capital of Ghana, Accra. He begun the college with only about 30 students, but currently has more than 500 students. Patrick is 47 years of age and married with two children. Ashesi (which means “beginning” in Akan, a native language of Ghana) offers a four-year undergraduate liberal arts education with a focus on business, technology, and leadership. (more...)

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Kofi Annan

Kofi Atta Annan (born April 8, 1938) is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1, 1997 to January 1, 2007, completing two five-year terms. He was also the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. The Rwandan Genocide, and later while Secretary-General, the September 11, 2001 attacks and the 2003 invasion of Iraq were some of the problems he faced. He is also the Chancellor of the University of Ghana. (more...)

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Aug 12: Ghana makes an effort to participate at the Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 Photo competition.

Aug 2: Joshua Clottey wins IBF welterweight title when his fight with Zab Judah of the United States was stopped in the 9th round. BBC Online

July 11: Paa Kwesi Nduom resigns as Minister for Public Sector Reform. (Ghana Home Page)

July 10: The President of the Swiss Confederation, Mrs. Micheline Calmy-Rey has begun a 2-day visit to Ghana. (Ghana News Agency)

July 10: The Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano has completed a three day visit to Ghana. (Ghana Home Page)

July 6: Georgina Theodora Wood, the first female Chief Justice of Ghana was today decorated with the Order of the Star of Ghana, the country's highest honour for distinguished services to the nation. (Ghana News Agency)

July 4: The 9th summit of the Assembly of the African Union which lasted for 3 days ends in Accra, Ghana. (BBC) (Ghana Home Page)

July 3: A new currency was introduced in Ghana. The Ghanaian cedi will be used alongside the old until December 2007, when the old ceases to be legal tender. One GH¢ is 10,000 old cedis. (Ghana Home Page) (MyJoyOnline.com)

June 5: Erica Powell, Kwame Nkrumah's private secretary, dies. (The Independent)

May 31: Fathia Nkrumah, wife of Kwame Nkrumah died in Badrawy Hospital in Cairo, Egypt after a period of illness. (Ghana Home Page)

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~ Kwame Nkrumah

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Busua Beach
Credit: aripeskoe2
Busua Beach is located in Busua. Busua is a beach resort and fishing village in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region of Ghana, about 30 kilometers west of the regional capital, Sekondi-Takoradi in the Gulf of Guinea.

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History Accra Riots | The Big Six | British Togoland | Colonial heads | Empire of Ashanti | Fante Confederacy | Ghanaian pound |
(Gold Coast  · Danish  · Portuguese  · Swedish) | Fort Prinzenstein | United Gold Coast Convention
Politics Governments (Busia | Limann | Nkrumah | Rawlings | Kufuor) | Constitution | Political parties (CPP | NDC | NPP | PNC) | Elections | Constituencies | MPs
Government Executive branch ( President & Vice-President | Council of State) | Legislative branch (Speaker | Parliament of Ghana) | Judicial branch (Chief Justice | Supreme Court) | Law enforcement | Military
Geography Eastern Guinean forests | Fauna | Flora | Kakum National Park | Kokrobite | Lake Bosumtwi | Maps | Mount Afadjato | Regions of Ghana | Districts of Ghana
Economy Akosombo Dam | Bui Dam | Kpong Dam | Petroleum in Ghana | Ashanti Goldfields | Bank of Ghana | Currency | Stock Exchange |
Kotoka International Airport | Volta Aluminum Company
Society Demographics | Social conduct | Education | Healthcare | Languages | Religion | Sports
Culture Holidays | People
National Symbols Flag of Ghana | Coat of Arms of Ghana | National Anthem | National Pledge | Osu Castle | National Theatre
Other Transportation | Communications | Airports | List of Ghanaians | Tourism | Corruption | Crime

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