Ghana


Republic of Ghana
In West Africa; mostly low plains with desiccated plateau in south-central area 238,533; km2 (slightly < OR), 18% arable.

Capital Accra (Pop est. 2.5M)
Population 23.9M (100/km2)
Life expectancy 60 years
HIV/AIDS 1.9%
Literacy 58%
Lang(s) Asante 15%, Ewe 13%, Fante 10%, Boron 5%, Dagomba 4%, Dangme 4%, Dagarte 4%, Akrem 3%, Ga 3%, Akuapem 3%, other 36% (includes English (official))
Religions Christian 69% (Pentecostal/Charasmatic 24%, Protestant 19%, Catholic 15%, other 11%), Muslim 16%, traditional 9%, none 6%
Ethnic Groups Akan 45%, Mole-Dagbon 15%, Ewe 12%, Ga-Dangme 7%, Guan 4%, Gurma 4%, Grusi 3%, Mande-Busanga 1%, other tribes 1.4%, other 8%
Gov’t Constitutional Democracy
GDP/cap $1,500
PCVs 1961-present; education, environment, health, small enterprise development (Volunteers in country: 168; total to date: 4056)
Nat’l holiday Independence Day, 6 March (1957)


Focus word for 2011 - "Celebration"

Asante: Afashay (ah-fa-shay)


Books

Ghana: An African Portrait Revisited
by Peter E. Randall & Abena Busia
Book Description
On the fiftieth anniversary of Ghana's independence, six New Hampshire photographers journeyed to the West African country to document the changes that occurred over the decades. This full color book covers education, medicine, fishing, crafts, markets, and many portraits of everyday life.


Kids' Books

One hen: how one small loan made a big difference
written by Katie Smith Milway; illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes.
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2008.
Ages 4 to 9.


Music

Sarkodie
Makye
Music from Ghana


Films

Kukurantumi - The Road To Accra (King Ampaw, 1983)


Recipes

Hkatenkwan/Groundnut Stew
Pito/fermented sorghum drink