Ghana . . . 2014
Updated: May 1
Posted on March 6, 2014 at 9:44 AM
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 producers 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 manmade 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.
Ghana’s motto: Freedom and Justice fit the country and its people. Ghanaians 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. Birthplace of the Kente Cloth and other fabrics; all of which are rich in textures and color is a pleasure to behold.
Ghanaians move with a beautiful innate sense of rhythm; enhanced by their natural love for music and dance. All over Ghana, you can easily find a sumptuous variety of Native and European cuisine, but mealtimes are never rushed. Ghanaians view mealtimes as more than a time to eat; rather, it is a time of peaceful reconnection with family, friends, or associates. Many of the nation’s 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.