Elmina Castle, Ghana

Elmina Castle, built by the Portuguese in 1482, was the first trading post established on the Gulf of Guinea. The castle became one of the most infamous stops on the Atlantic slave route.
Today it is a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site. As tourists explore the slave dungeons of Elmina, modern life hums just outside the castle’s “Door of No Return.” Fishermen repair their nets, children play soccer, and women sell the daily catch. Gold has recently been discovered on these beaches, and soon, oil will be extracted offshore. Once again the port will be a source of wealth and of controversy.
Photo © 2009 Mary Crave

GHANA

Republic of Ghana
Western Africa

Area 238,533 km2 (RANK 82)

Arable 17.5%

Capital Accra (2.3M)

Population 24,652,402 (103/km2)

Literacy 67%

Life expectancy 61 yrs

HIV/AIDS 1.8% (260,000 adults)

In poverty 29%

Military 1.7% of GDP (RANK 88 of 195)

Languages English, Asante, Ewe, Fante, Boron, Dagomba, Dangme, Dagarte, Akyem, Ga, Akuapem, others

Religions Christian 69%, Muslim 16%, traditional 9%, none 6%

Gov’t Constitutional Democracy

GDP/capita $3,100

Agriculture cocoa, rice, cassava, peanuts, corn, shea nuts, bananas, timber

Industry mining, lumbering, light manufacturing, aluminum smelting, food processing, cement, small commercial shipbuilding

PCVs 1961-present, current 149, TTD 4,278, education, environment, agriculture, health

Focus word for 2014 - "Home"

Twi: efie (eh-fee-ay)
Dagbani: yinya (yin-nah)
Hausa: gidah (gee-dah)
Ga: shia (she-ah)

indigenous design from Ghana


Copyright © Julie Olsen

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Films

Film:
The Perfect Picture.
Director: Shirley Frimpong-Manso (2009)

The Destiny of Lesser Animals.
Director: Deron Albright (2011)

Documentary:
Inspired Thumbs.
Director: Abraham Eguare (2012)

Books

Bright Lights, No City
by Max Alexander, 2012
Book Description
A humorous, insightful and inspiring narrative of adventures and misadventures while running an enterprise to provide battery-operated equipment to remote villages.

Kids' Books

The Spider Weaver: A Legend of Kente Cloth
by Margaret Musgrove (Author) and Julia Cairns (Illustrator)
2001. 40 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0590987875
Ages 4-up