Teshie

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Teshie
Town
Teshie is located in Ghana
Teshie
Teshie
Location in Ghana
Coordinates: 5°35′N 0°06′W / 5.583°N 0.100°W / 5.583; -0.100
Country Flag of Ghana.svg Ghana
Regions of Ghana Greater Accra Region
District Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal District
Population (2012)
 • Total 171,875[1]
  Ranked 9th in Ghana
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) GMT (UTC)

Teshie is a coastal town in the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal District, a district in the Greater Accra Region of southeastern Ghana. Teshie is the ninth most populous settlement in Ghana, with a population of 171,875 people.[1] It is believed that the original Teshie people came from La, a town that lies to the west of Teshie. It's alternative definition refers to an individual devoted to the John Tesh radio program.

Fort Augustaborg, built by the Danes in 1787, is located in Teshie and was occupied by the British from 1850 to 1957. The national Officer Cadet Training School and Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) are also located here. It is believed that Teshie is 300 years old as of 2011.[2]

The ruines of Fort Augustaborg in Teshie around 1890

The town is rich in diversity as a result of the country's current democracy and development program. Every August, the town celebrates the Homowo festival.[2]

Teshie stretches from the Kpeshie Lagoon to Teshie-Nungua Estates (first junction) from East to West on the Teshie Road. Teshie has grown enormously to become one of the biggest towns in Ghana.

Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop[edit]

The town of Teshie is also known as the home of design coffins, invented in the 1950s by Seth Kane Kwei[3] and still made in the Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop (run by Eric Adjetey Anang) and by several other artists.[4]

Labadi Beach[edit]

Main article: Labadi Beach

The Labadi Beach, or more properly known as La Pleasure Beach, is near Teshie. The beach is the busiest beach on Ghana's coast. It is one of Greater Accra Region's few beaches and is maintained by the local hotels.

Schools[edit]

The National Officer Cadet Training School and Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) are located in Teshie. There are also a few Missionary schools located in Teshie which include: The Teshie Roman Catholic School, The Teshie Methodist School, Teshie Anglican and Teshie Presbyterian Schools.[5] There are also a number of privately run schools. The most notable of these is the Lincoln International Preparatory School.

Transport[edit]

Road[edit]

Cycling competition in Teshie during Homowo Festival 2009

The widening of the dual carriage way from OTU Barracks to First Junction was in the late 1970s.[6]

Train[edit]

Teshie is served by a station of the eastern section of the national railway system.

See also[edit]

Publications[edit]

  • 2013 Master of Coffins – 26 minutes documentary about artist Eric Adjetey Anang, by Luis Nachbin / Matrioska Films for GloboTV (Brasil)
  • 2008 The Buried Treasures of the Ga: Coffin Art in Ghana. Regula Tschumi. Benteli, Bern. ISBN 978-3-7165-1520-4

International exhibitions[edit]

  • 2011/12.Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts, Griff Rhys Jones' Ghanaian 'fantasy coffin'
  • 2011/12. Miracles of Africa, Hämeenlinna Art Museum, Hämeenlinna and Oulu Museum of Art, Oma, Finnland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "World Gazetteer online". World-gazetteer.com. 
  2. ^ a b "History of Teshie Fort Ghana)". Ghana-net.com. 
  3. ^ Seth Kane Kwei in: The buried treasures of the Ga. Coffin Art in Ghana. Regula Tschumi. Benteli Bern. 2008. p. 114-121, 228–229
  4. ^ Daniel Mensah ("Hello") in: The buried treasures of the Ga. Coffin Art in Ghana. Regula Tschumi. Benteli Bern. 2008. p. 123, 229
  5. ^ Schools in Ghana. ghanaschoolsonline.com.
  6. ^ Irene Odote. External Influences on Ga Society and Culture. archive.lib.msu.edu.

Coordinates: 5°35′N 0°06′W / 5.583°N 0.100°W / 5.583; -0.100