Government: Constituational Presidential Republic
Neighbors: Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Togo, and Gulf of Guinea
Population: 23.837 million
Currency: Ghanaian cedi (GHS)
Official Language: English
Economy: Agriculture, Gold, Timber, Cocoa, Diamonds, Bauxite, and Manganese
Home to the famous Ashanti tribe, Ghana's name means "Warrior King", after the title given the lords of the Empire of Ghana (different location, mind you). For centuries, her gold drew in the Europeans like locusts (even today Ghana is one of the world's top exporters in gold), and it wasn't until 1960 that she became completely liberated from Britain.
The Fihankra program (see below) provides free land for black Americans who wish to return to Africa. It's the Ghanaians' way of apologizing for their role in slavery (they were among the first to sell to the Europeans). And for our black American siblings feeling anxious about the transition, Ghanaians drive on the right side of the road.
By the way, it is with the greatest pleasure that I tell you $1,000 USD = 1,476 GHS. Yes.
|Accra, the capital|
Government of Ghana
Ghana Overview (BBC)
Bank of Ghana