Top 10 facts about Ghana

The only country that produces more cocoa beans than Ghana is the Ivory Coast

The only country that produces more cocoa beans than Ghana is the Ivory Coast [GETTY]

1. The Greenwich meridian goes through Ghana; the equator misses Ghana by about 380 miles.

2. The name Ghana means warrior king and harks back to the days of the Ghana Empire between the 9th and 13th centuries.

3. The Ghana Empire was built on trade in salt and gold, which is why British merchants later called it the Gold Coast.

4. The only country that produces more cocoa beans than Ghana is the Ivory Coast. The Ghana Empire was built on trade in salt and gold, which is why British merchants later called it the Gold Coast

5. The currency unit in Ghana is called the cedi. There are 100 pesewas in a cedi.

6. The word ‘cedi’ comes from a local word meaning a cowry chell. Cowry shells (from sea snails) were once used as money in Ghana.

7. In 1991, Ferdi Ato Aboboe of Ghana set a world record by running 100 metres backwards in 13.6 seconds.

8. That record was equalled by Roland Wegner (Germany) in 2007 but Aboboe still holds the sole record of 12.7 seconds for 100 yards backwards.

9. Ghana has never won an Olympic gold medal but has three silvers and a bronze.

10. The only English word from the Ga language of Ghana is that of the wasting disease kwashiorkor.

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