Ghana and Cape Coast


About Ghana

Ghana, a country on the West Coast of Africa, is one of the most thriving democracies on the continent. It shares boundaries with Togo to the east, la Cote d'Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north and the Gulf of Guinea, to the south. The country's economy is dominated by agriculture, which employs about 40 percent of the working population. Ghana is one of the leading exporters of cocoa in the world. It is also a significant exporter of commodities such as gold and lumber. Ghana has an estimated population of 25,199,609 (July 2013 est.), drawn from more than one hundred ethnic groups - each with its own unique language.

By far the most memorable aspect of Ghana is its people.  Ghanaians are fascinated by foreigners, very welcoming and friendly. They always make an attempt to make new friends. In the rural areas most speak very limited English. Most people in the southern and middle part of the country belong to the Akan tribe.

Capital: Accra
Dialing code: +233
Currency: Ghanaian cedi
President: H.E John Dramani Mahama
Official language: English




Visit by President Barack Obama to the Cape Coast Castle

Cape Coast also called Obama City locally after visit by U.S president in 2009, is an ancient town and at one point the capital city of Ghana. It is one of the most culturally significant spots in Africa. It was once the largest slave-trading centre in West Africa. At the height of the slave trade it received a workforce from locations as far away as Niger and Burkina Faso, and slaves were kept locked up in the Cape Coast castle, an imposing fortress with a gate called the gate of no return. As the name depicts, all slaves who went through this gate never saw their homes or their family again. Cape Coast is also one of the most peaceful and touristy places in Ghana. Boasting of numerous beach resorts, and castles. It is also the city that has some of the best schools and University in the country. Fante is the local language in Cape Coast. Fante Kenkey is the local delicacy in Cape Coast, other food include fufu, banku, red red and beans, plaintain chips etc, all very delicious.                                                                                                                            

Masquerader dancing at the Oguaa Fetu Afahye

Traditional priests walking the local god through the streets during the Oguaa Fetu Afahye

Participant at the Orange friday street carnival wearing the orange friday T shirt

Cape Coast is also home to some of the largest festivals in Ghana. It proudly owns the Oguaa Fetu Afahye, an annual week long traditional festival which displays the rich culture and beliefs of the fante people. The friday of this week dubbed orange friday is probably the biggest street carnival and party in Ghana till date.

Infact if you come to Ghana and you do not visit Cape Coast then you have not been to the country.




Tourist having a great time. Behind her is a chief in a palanquin