Ghana is a West African country rich with history and culture. Its friendly people, unique experiences, and culture make it the top African country to experience.
Here are 10 interesting facts about Ghana that you need to know!
1. Rich in Diamonds and Gold
Ghana is now Africa’s largest producer of gold. Consequently, placing South Africa in second place. Ghana is also a big generator of bauxite, manganese, and diamonds.
2. Beaches and Exotic Waterfalls
Ghana is filled with natural landscapes and waterfalls. Waterfalls such as Tagbo Falls and Kintampo falls are a must-see. These can be found in the Volta Region.
Ghana is widely known for its dreamy beaches also. Here is a list of Ghana’s Top 5 Beaches.
3. The Elmina Castle and its dark history
The Elmina castle was built in 1482 by the Portuguese, and it served as the center of the slave trade. The name ‘”Elmina” came from the abundant supply of gold found along the coast.
4. Tropical Weather All-year-round
In Ghana, the climate is tropical, with a dry season in winter and a rainy season in summer due to the African monsoon.
The rainy season lasts from May-September in the north, from April-October in the center, and from April-November in the south
5. Center of the Equator
Ghana is right at the center of the world, being both incredibly close to the equator and on the line representing 0° longitude.
6. Ghana’s Cocoa Empire
Ghana is known as the second-largest producer of Cocoa. In 2018/2019, Ghana is estimated to have produced about 900 thousand tons of cocoa beans.
7. Music Styles
Ghanaian music is fun! Just like the friendly country itself, the music is full of variations: Old drumming co-exists with modern urban music. There’s something in it for every age and taste.
‘Highlife’ is Ghana’s most popular music style. HighLife originated in the Gold Coast, and mixes different African rhythms with jazz, swing, ska, rock, and soukous.
8. Largest Open-Air Market In Africa
Kumasi Central Market is West Africa’s largest open-air market. You can find anything you can imagine for a reasonable price; from diamonds to livestock.
9. Freedom of Worship
Religion expression is welcomed in Ghana; more than one-half of the population exercises Christianity, about one-fifth, are Muslims, and a small segment adheres to the traditional indigenous religions.
10. Most Peaceful Country
Ghana is ranked as the fourth most peaceful country in Africa per the 2019 Global Peace Index. Ghana came 4th after Botswana and Malawi and Mauritius.