Ghana Independence Day: 6th March 1957
Ghana is a beautiful country blessed with gold, diamonds, and many other minerals but what really makes Ghana special is its diverse and culturally warm atmosphere which touches and embraces everyone. If you have never been to Ghana before, Akwaaba! Ghana welcomes you.
Ghana is located in West Africa and is bordered on the north by Burkina Faso, on the west by Côte d’Ivoire, on the east by Togo and on the south by the Gulf of Guinea. The capital of Ghana is Accra and is situated on the southern coast. Ghana was once a British colony and was formerly known as the Gold Coast.
Ghana was the first black African country to gain independence on the 6th March 1957. Dr Kwame Nkrumah was the first prime minister of Ghana and in his first speech said “Ghana, your beloved country is free forever”
The Duchess of Kent attended the ceremony and read a message from the Queen, in which she said “The hopes of many, especially in Africa, hang on your endeavours. It is my earnest and confident belief that my people in Ghana will go forward in freedom and justice.”
In reply, Dr Nkrumah said: “My government fully realises both the advantages and the responsibilities involved in the achievement of independence. It intends to make full use of these advantages to increase the prosperity of the country.”
Dr Kwame Nkrumah “Forward ever, backward never”
General Information on Ghana
Capital: Accra (also largest city)
Population: 23 million (estimate 2008)
Area: 238,535 km/92,098 square miles
Official Language: English
Languages of Ghana: More than 250 languages and dialects are spoken in Ghana. Nine languages have the status of government-sponsored languages: Akan, Dagaare/Wale, Dagbani, Dangme, Ewe, Ga, Gonja, Kasem, and Nzema.
Currency: Ghanaian Cedi
Drives on the: right
Calling Code: 233
Ghana is divided into 10 Regions: Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Central, Eastern, Greater Accra, Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Volta and Western
Prof John Atta Mills, the current president of Ghana
Motto: Freedom and Justice
Anthem: God Bless Our Homeland Ghana
Government: Constitutional Presidential Republic
President: John Atta Mills
Vice President: John Dramani Mahama