Top Ten Ghanaian Attractions

Top Ten Ghanaian Attractions

       Ghana is a country located in West Africa bordered by Côte d’Ivoire(Ivory Coast), Burkina Faso, Togo and the Gulf of Guinea. The word Ghana means “Warrior King” and is derived from the ancient Ghana Empire. Ghana was inhabited in pre-colonial times by a number of ancient predominantly Akan kingdoms, including the inland Ashanti Empire, the Akwamu, the Akyem, the Bonoman, the Denkyira and the Fante among others. Non-Akan states created by the Ga and Ewe also existed as did states by the Gonja, Dagomba and others. Prior to contact with Europeans trade between the Akan and various African states flourished due to Akan’s gold wealth. Trade with European states began after contact with the Portuguese in the 15th century, and the British established the Gold Coast Crown colony in 1874 over parts but not all of the country. The Gold Coast achieved independence from the UK in 1957, becoming the first sub-Saharan African nation to do so. The name Ghana was chosen for the new nation to reflect the ancient Empire of Ghana, which once extended throughout much of West Africa.Ghana is the second largest producer of cocoa in the world and is home to Lake Volta, the largest artificial lake in the world by surface area. The economy of Ghana has been listed as The World’s Fastest Growing Economy in 2011 with an economic growth of about 20.146 % for the year 2011 in economic research led by Economy Watch with data coming from the IMF’s tracker of GDP Growth in constant prices in the national currency.

  1. Forts and Castles of Ghana

    The forts and castles of Ghana were European trading posts that among other functions were used in the slave trade and to maintain interests in the region.
    Links: Castles, Top Ten Forts, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forts_and_Castles,_Volta,_Greater_Accra,_Central_and_Western_Regions,
  2. Asante Traditional Buildings

    The Asante Traditional Buildings is a World Heritage Site in Ghana, which is a collection of 13 traditionally built buildings from the time of the Ashanti Empire in the area. The Asante Kingdom had its golden age in the 18th century, fell during the British occupation of the area from 1806 to 1901, and most Asante buildings of the period were destroyed during the era. Among other buildings, the royal mausoleum was destroyed by Baden-Powell in 1895. The buildings were described as “home of men and gods,” and are the last remains of the history and culture of the Asante people. The houses are built of clay, straw and wood, and are vulnerable to natural fluctuations.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asante_Traditional_Buildings,
  3. Links: Top Ten Lakes, Attractions, African Attractions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana,