Western Region (Ghana)

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Western Region
Region
Région Occidentale
Flag of Western Region
Flag
Location of Western Region in Ghana
Location of Western Region in Ghana
Country Ghana
Capital Sekondi-Takoradi
Districts 22
Government
 • Regional Minister Dr. Kwaku Afriyie[1]
Area
 • Total 23,921 km2 (9,236 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 4th
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 2,376,021
 • Rank Ranked 4th
 • Density 99/km2 (260/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)
 • Year 2013
 • Per capita $5,150
GDP (Nominal)
 • Year 2013
 • Per capita $2,500
Time zone GMT
Area code(s) 031
ISO 3166 code GH-WP

The Western Region is located in south Ghana, spreads from the Ivory Coast border in the west to the Central region in the east, includes the capital and large twin city of Sekondi-Takoradi on the coast, coastal Axim, and a hilly inland area including Elubo. It includes Ghana's southernmost location, Cape Three Points, where crude oil was discovered in commercial quantities in June 2007. The Western Region enjoys a long coastline that stretches from South Ghana's border with Ivory Coast to the Western region's boundary with the Central Region on the east.

The Western Region has the highest rainfall in Ghana, lush green hills, and fertile soils. There are numerous small and large-scale gold mines along with offshore oil platforms dominate the Western Region economy.

The culture is dominated by the Akans; the main languages are Akan, French and English.

Tourism[edit]

The largest rivers are the Ankobra River, the Bia River, and the Pra River in the east, with the Tano River partly forming the western national border. The area is known for the UNESCO World Heritage Site and village of Nzulezo, built entirely on stilts and platforms over water, and the Ankasa Protected Area. There is a series of imposing Portuguese, Dutch, British, and Brandenburgian forts along the coast, built from 1512 on.

Education[edit]

The Western region has many post-secondary schools, including teachers' and nursing colleges, and two universities one at Tarkwa, UMaT and Takoradi Technical University formerly known as Takoradi Polythecnic.

Districts[edit]

Districts of the Western Region

The Western Region of Ghana contains 22 districts made up of 1 metropolitan, 2 municipal and 19 ordinary districts as follows:[2]

Districts in Western region
# District Capital Population
1 Ahanta West Agona Nkwanta
2 Aowin Enchi
3 Bia East Adabokrom
4 Bia West Essam
5 Bodi Bodi
6 Ellembelle Nkroful
7 Jomoro Half Assini
8 Juabeso Juaboso
9 Mpohor Mpohor
10 Nzema East Axim
11 Prestea-Huni Valley Bogoso
12 Sefwi Akontombra Sefwi Akontombra
13 Sefwi Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai District Bibiani
14 Sefwi-Wiawso Wiawso
15 Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Sekondi
16 Shama Shama
17 Suaman Dadieso
18 Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Tarkwa
19 Wassa Amenfi Central Manso Amenfi
20 Wassa Amenfi East Wassa-Akropong
21 Wassa Amenfi West Asankragua
22 Wassa East Daboase
Total

Famous native citizens[edit]

Famous native citizens of Western region
# Citizen Settlement
1 Samuel Inkoom Sekondi-Takoradi
2 Nadia Buari Sekondi-Takoradi
3 Boris Kodjoe Sekondi-Takoradi
4 John Atta Mills Tarkwa
5 Kwame Nkrumah Nkroful
6 Anton Wilhelm Amo Axim
7 Joseph Boahen Aidoo Wassa Afransie
8 Kofi Kinaata Takoradi

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://ghana.gov.gh/index.php/governance/regional-ministers
  2. ^ "Western". GhanaDistricts.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 5°30′N 2°30′W / 5.500°N 2.500°W / 5.500; -2.500