Shama, Ghana

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Town & District Capital
Shama is located in Ghana
Location of Shama in Western Region
Coordinates: 5°1′N 1°38′W / 5.017°N 1.633°W / 5.017; -1.633
Country  Ghana
Region Western Region
District Shama Ahanta East Metropolitan District
Population (2013)
 • Total 23,699[1]
  Ranked 60th in Ghana
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time
 • Summer (DST) GMT (UTC)

Shama or Shema is a town with a fishing village, and is the capital of Shama district, a district in the Western Region of Ghana.[2][3] The town lies about 20 km east of Sekondi-Takoradi, on the mouth of the Pra River. The town is home to Fort San Sebastian, in whose graveyard philosopher Anton Wilhelm Amo, the first African known to have attended a European university, is interred.[3]

The town is situated in the Shama Ahanta East Metropolitan district and Shama constituency of the Western region of Ghana.[3] The inhabitants of the town are mostly engaged in fishing and its related activities such as fish processing for local markets. Shama is the sixtieth most populous settlement in Ghana, in terms of population, with a population of 23,699 people.[1]

Shama is the English name of the town, originally and locally called Esima.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "World Gazetteer online". 
  2. ^ Shama District
  3. ^ a b c "Shama, Ghana". Retrieved 16 May 2011.