On March 6th 1957, under the leadership of their then Prime
Minister Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and later first President, the Gold Coast became the
first African nation to declare their independence from European colonization. The
newly freed nation selected the name Ghana to represent their unified existence.
The choice in the name was not arbitrary nor by accident. Ghana means “Warrior King” and was also the name
of one of Western Africa’s greatest empires. Ghana’s successful
bid for freedom led to the empowerment of several other African nations to demand
and receive their own independence.
Ghana is the
2 largest producer of Cocoa, a major player in the production gold and diamonds, and due to the recent
discovery of oil deposits along its coast, is fast becoming a
contender in the production of petroleum and natural gas.
It is home to Lake Volta,
the largest man made lake in the world. The lake’s construction was the
production of hydroelectric power from the Akosombo Hydroelectric Dam. The hydroelectric
power from the Dam supplies Ghana
and several of its neighboring countries.
motto: Freedom and Justice fits the country and its people. Ghanians are naturally
friendly and enjoy sharing their love of their country with visitors. Ghana has a
rich history, beautiful waterfalls, rainforests, beaches, and wildlife. The culture
is diverse and vibrant. Birth place of the Kente Cloth and other fabrics; all of which
are rich in textures and color is a pleasure to behold.
Ghanians move with
an beautiful innate sense of rhythm; enhanced by their natural love for music and dance. All over
you can easily find a sumptuous variety of Native and European cuisine,
but meal times are never rushed. Ghanians view meal times as more than a time to
eat; rather, it is a time of peaceful reconnection with family, friends, or associates.
Many of the nations business deals are conducted and finalized closed over the breaking of bread.
I can only give you a brief taste of Ghana, with my words. To get a true picture of beauty of Ghana, I highly
encourage you to visit and experience it all for yourself.