Volta Region

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Volta Region
region
Flag of Volta Region
Flag
Location of Volta Region in Ghana
Location of Volta Region in Ghana
Districts of Volta as of 2004
Districts of Volta as of 2004
Country Ghana
Capital Ho
Districts 25
Government
 • Regional Minister Helen Ntoso[1]
 • Deputy Regional Minister Francis Kolma Panyaglo
Area
 • Total 20,570 km2 (7,940 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 5th
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 2,118,252
 • Rank Ranked 7th
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)
 • Year 2014
 • Per capita $3,974
GDP (Nominal)
 • Year 2014
 • Per capita $1,902
Time zone GMT
Area code(s) 036
ISO 3166 code GH-TV

Volta Region is one of Ghana's ten administrative regions, with Ho designated as its capital. It is located west of Republic of Togo and to the east of Lake Volta. It contains twenty five administrative districts with several ethnic groups, such as, the Ewe people who speak the Ewe language, the Guan peoples, and the Akan folks. The Guan peoples include the Lolobi, Likpe, Akpafu, Buem, and Nkonya people etc.; they are however believed to be the foremost Neolithic groups to have settled in the area including the outlying regions.

List of districts[edit]

The region has 25 districts consisting of 5 municipal and 20 ordinary districts with all the administrative changes as of December 2012.[2]

District Capital District Chief Executive
Adaklu District Adaklu Waya Emmanuel Ganaku
Afadjato (East Dayi) District Ve Golokwati Angela Oforiwaa Alorwu-Tei
Agotime Ziope District Kpetoe Michael Kobla Adzaho
Akatsi North District Ave-Dakpa James Gunu
Akatsi South District Akatsi
Biakoye District Nkonya Ahenkro Louis Nana Akattah
Central Tongu District Adidome Mary Ama Agbenyenu
Ho Municipal Ho Fafa Adenyira
Ho West District Dzolokpuita Samuel Ewoade
Hohoe Municipal Hohoe Dr. Margaret Kweku
Jasikan District Jasikan Nana Barima Kumessy-Bonsy II
Kadjebi District Kadjebi Seth Alifui
Keta Municipal Keta Sylvester Tornyeava
Ketu North District Dzodze Claver Kofi Lawson
Ketu South Municipal Denu Bernard Frank Amarble
Kpando Municipal Kpandu Paulina Delali Adinyirah
Krachi East District Dambai Rapheal Kofi Ogyemoko
Krachi Nchumuru District Chindiri Solomon Kuyon
Krachi West District Kete Krachi Kwame Ponye
Nkwanta North District Kpassa Paul Levin Gyato
Nkwanta South District Nkwanta Joseph Nyofam Ninkab
North Dayi District Anfoega Stephen Komla Timinca
North Tongu District Battor Dugame
South Dayi District Kpeve New Town Kafui Bekui
South Tongu District Sogakope Kwabla Woyome

Education[edit]

Universities[edit]

Background[edit]

British Togoland shown in pale green

The Volta region was formed by the state union of the former British Togoland which was part of the German protectorate of Togoland. It was administered as part of the Gold Coast by the British and later renamed Trans-Volta Togoland.[3]

Togoland Congress[edit]

Main article: Togoland Congress

The Togoland Congress (TCP) was a political party formed in 1951 to campaign for the unification of the Ewe people in British Togoland and French Togoland as a separate Ewe state. The party was defeated in the May 1956 UN plebiscite in British Togoland, which resulted in the unification of British Togoland into Akanland (today South Ghana) and Dagbon (today North Ghana) that creates modern Ghana.[4]

On 9 May 1956, a vote was conducted to decide the future disposition of British Togoland and French Togoland. The native and dominant ethnic group, the Ewe people, were divided between the two Togos. 58% of British Togoland inhabitants voted in favor of state union, and the Togo Ewe state was incorporated into Akanland (South Ghana) and Dagbon (North Ghana) by a state union.[5]

There was vocal opposition to the incorporation of Togoland into modern Ghana, from the Ewe people who voted (42%) against in British Togoland, as the Ewe wanted the unification of the Ewe people in British Togoland and French Togoland as a separate Ewe state (modern Togo).[5]

Demographics[edit]

The native and largest ethnic group of the Volta Region (Togoland / British Togoland) are the Ewe people who make up 68.5% of the population. They consist of several sub groups such as the Anlo Ewe and Avenor Ewe. Other ethnicities include the Guan people (forming 9.2% of the population), the Akan people (8.5%), and the Gurma people (6.5% of the population).[6]

Moving Forward[edit]

Todzie Region is the given name for the new region that is to be curved out from the Volta Region, as a separate region. Todzie Region occupies the entire southern part of Volta Region and was formerly part of the Gold Coast since 1850. According to the Voltarians, if the new region is approved by the current or future government, Keta will be designated as its capital.

Administration[edit]

The Volta region is run by a Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) and a District Assembly. The RCC is made up of the Volta Regional Minister who is the political head and his deputy as well as representatives of the Regional House of Chiefs, the District Chief Executives of the Volta region, the Presiding Members of the 12 Districts Assemblies and representatives of the various decentralized Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the Volta region. Each district is run by a District Assembly.[7]

Regional Commissioners and Ministers[edit]

Constituencies[edit]

The Volta Region has 26 constituencies since the recent December 2012 parliamentary election,[9] increasing by 4 from the previous 22 which it had during the December 2004 parliamentary election and At the election in December 2000, there were 19 constituencies.

Tourism[edit]

Theora video of Tagbo Falls in Hohoe, Hohoe Municipal, Volta region.

Recreation areas[edit]

Museum

Mountains[edit]

Other Tourist Attractions[edit]

Waterfalls

Famous native citizens[edit]

Famous native citizens of Volta
# Citizen Settlement
1 Erica Nego Ho
2 Jerry Rawlings Keta
3 Kofi Awoonor Wheta
4 Peter Bossman Ho
5 Ave Kludze Hohoe
6 Fiifi Fiavi Kwetey Nogokpo
7 Dzifa Ativor Peki
8 Dr Ephraim Amu Peki

References[edit]

  1. ^ "President Mahama reassigns Regional Ministers". Myjoyonline. 
  2. ^ "BREAK DOWN OF METROPOLITAN, MUNICIPAL AND DISTRICT ASSEMBLIES". GhanaDistricts.com. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  3. ^ Beigbeder, Yves (1 January 1994). International monitoring of plebiscites, referenda and national elections - Self-determination and Transition to Democracy. Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. p. 131 of 340. ISBN 978-0-7923-2563-5. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  4. ^ Daniel Miles McFarland, Historical Dictionary of Ghana, 1985, p. 173
  5. ^ a b McLaughlin & Owusu-Ansah (1994), "The Politics of the Independence Movements".
  6. ^ "Volta". Government of Ghana. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  7. ^ "Volta Region - political administration". Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  8. ^ "Volta Regional Minister, Henry Ford Kamel, is dead. myjoyonline.com". 
  9. ^ http://politics.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201206/88434.php

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 7°00′N 0°30′E / 7.000°N 0.500°E / 7.000; 0.500