Sekondi-Takoradi, a city comprising the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi. It is the capital of Sekondi -- the Western Region of Ghana. Sekondi-Takoradi is the region's largest city and an industrial and commercial centre, with a population of 445,205 people; the chief industries in Sekondi-Takoradi are timber, cocoa processing, shipbuilding, its harbour and railway repair, sweet crude oil and crude oil. The fundamental job in Sekondi-Takoradi is fishing. Sekondi-Takoradi lies on the main railway lines to Accra. Sekondi and larger, was the site of Dutch Fort Orange and English Fort Sekondi, it prospered from a railroad built in 1903 to hinterland timber resources. Takoradi was the site of Dutch Fort Witsen and has an important deepwater seaport, Ghana's first, built in 1928. During World War II, RAF Takoradi was an important staging point for British aircraft destined for Egypt. Spitfire fighter planes were shipped in crates from England to Takoradi where they were assembled flown via Nigeria and Sudan to the war in Libya.
26 Squadron SAAF was based in Takoradi during World War II flying anti-submarine and convoy protection patrols over the Atlantic. A number of South African airmen are buried in the Takoradi European Public cemetery; the cities combined in 1946. On 20 November 1969, the city became the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sekondi–Takoradi; the city is named as the Oil City of Ghana due to the massive discovery of oil in the western region and has attracted massive migration from people all around the world. For example, of the 248,680 people in the Sekondi-Takoradi metro area in 2010, only 92,000, or well under half, were born in the Western Region of Ghana. 60,000 came from the central region of Ghana, centered on Cape Coast and just to the west of Sekondi-Takoradi. 20,000 from the Ashanti region centered on Kumasi, 20,000 were born in the Greater Accra Region. Sekondi-Takoradi's population is overwhelmingly Christian. 35% of the region are Pentecostal/Charismatic, 26% are Protestant and 14% are Catholic with the remaining 12% comprising numerous minor denominations.
9% of the population are Muslim, 3.5% identify as non religious and 0.2% practice traditional African religions The major ethnic group found in Sekondi are the Ahanta people. Takoradi is a port city and has timber and technology industries. Over the years it has attracted a good number of investors, including miners, as the city is close to the mining towns in the western part of Ghana. Sekondi-Takoradi has plenty of beaches, however they are not a major tourist attraction. Many beaches are found to the west of Takoradi, with small resorts such as Fanta's Folly, The Hideout, Green Turtle Lodge with larger ones such as Busua Beach, Lou Moon Lodge and Axim Beach Resort and amazing places to eat such as Paragon Bar and Grill, it has an annual street carnival, popular with tourists. There is the village of Nzulezu, a popular tourist site, in the Western Region. Sekondi-Takoradi city has several secondary schools and special schools, ranging from single-sex to coeducational institutions. Among the tertiary institutions are: Takoradi Technical University and Midwifery Training College, Holy Child Teachers Training College.
The Sekondi-Takoradi city has several secondary schools and Special schools, ranging from single-sex to coeducational institutions. These include: St. John's School Ghana Senior High Technical School Takoradi Secondary School Bompeh Senior High Technical School Sekondi College Ahantaman Senior High School Fijai Secondary School Adiembra Secondary School Archbishop Porter Girls Secondary School and many others. Takoradi Technical Institute houses a fab lab, equipped by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the first of its kind in Africa. Takoradi has a well-equipped technical training centre assisted by the German government through GTZ/GOPA. Apart from TTI, Takoradi has a polytechnic and other renowned secondary schools including Ghana Secondary Technical School, St. Mary Secondary School, Bompeh Secondary School, Takoradi Secondary School and many others. Sekondi-Takoradi has many internet cafés and computer training centres to encourage familiarity with computers and acquire computer skills.
The Western Regional Library was established in Sekondi in 1955. Essipong Stadium Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium Gyandu Park Professional sports teams based in Sekondi-Takoradi include: FC Takoradi Sekondi Hasaacas Sekondi Wise Fighters Takoradi Airport Takoradi Harbour Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium Market Circle, Takoradi Railway stations in Ghana Mytakoradi.com Ghana-pedia webpage – Takoradi Media related to Sekondi-Takoradi at Wikimedia Commons
A town is a human settlement. Towns are larger than villages but smaller than cities, though the criteria to distinguish them vary between different parts of the world; the word town shares an origin with the German word Zaun, the Dutch word tuin, the Old Norse tun. The German word Zaun comes closest to the original meaning of the word: a fence of any material. An early borrowing from Celtic *dunom. In English and Dutch, the meaning of the word took on the sense of the space which these fences enclosed. In England, a town was a small community that could not afford or was not allowed to build walls or other larger fortifications, built a palisade or stockade instead. In the Netherlands, this space was a garden, more those of the wealthy, which had a high fence or a wall around them. In Old Norse tun means a place between farmhouses, the word is still used in a similar meaning in modern Norwegian. In Old English and Early and Middle Scots, the words ton, etc. could refer to diverse kinds of settlements from agricultural estates and holdings picking up the Norse sense at one end of the scale, to fortified municipalities.
If there was any distinction between toun and burgh as claimed by some, it did not last in practice as burghs and touns developed. For example, "Edina Burgh" or "Edinburgh" was built around a fort and came to have a defensive wall. In some cases, "town" is an alternative name for "city" or "village". Sometimes, the word "town" is short for "township". In general, today towns can be differentiated from townships, villages, or hamlets on the basis of their economic character, in that most of a town's population will tend to derive their living from manufacturing industry and public services rather than primary industry such as agriculture or related activities. A place's population size is not a reliable determinant of urban character. In many areas of the world, e.g. in India at least until recent times, a large village might contain several times as many people as a small town. In the United Kingdom, there are historical cities; the modern phenomenon of extensive suburban growth, satellite urban development, migration of city dwellers to villages has further complicated the definition of towns, creating communities urban in their economic and cultural characteristics but lacking other characteristics of urban localities.
Some forms of non-rural settlement, such as temporary mining locations, may be non-rural, but have at best a questionable claim to be called a town. Towns exist as distinct governmental units, with defined borders and some or all of the appurtenances of local government. In the United States these are referred to as "incorporated towns". In other cases the town lacks its own governance and is said to be "unincorporated". Note that the existence of an unincorporated town may be set out by other means, e.g. zoning districts. In the case of some planned communities, the town exists in the form of covenants on the properties within the town; the United States Census identifies many census-designated places by the names of unincorporated towns which lie within them. The distinction between a town and a city depends on the approach: a city may be an administrative entity, granted that designation by law, but in informal usage, the term is used to denote an urban locality of a particular size or importance: whereas a medieval city may have possessed as few as 10,000 inhabitants, today some consider an urban place of fewer than 100,000 as a town though there are many designated cities that are much smaller than that.
Australian geographer Thomas Griffith Taylor proposed a classification of towns based on their age and pattern of land use. He identified five types of town: Infantile towns, with no clear zoning Juvenile towns, which have developed an area of shops Adolescent towns, where factories have started to appear Early mature towns, with a separate area of high-class housing Mature towns, with defined industrial and various types of residential area In Afghanistan and cities are known as shār; as the country is an rural society with few larger settlements, with major cities never holding more than a few hundred thousand inhabitants before the 2000s, the lingual tradition of the country does not discriminate between towns and cities. In Albania "qytezë" means town, similar with the word for city. Although there is no official use of the term for any settlement. In Albanian "qytezë" means "small city" or "new city", while in ancient times "small residential center within the walls of a castle"; the center is a population group, larger than a village, smaller than a city.
Though the village is bigger than a hamlet In Australia, towns or "urban centre localities" are understood to be those centers of population not formally declared to be cities and having a population in excess of about 200 people. Centers too small to be called towns are understood to be a township. In addition, some local government entities are styled as towns in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, before the statewide amalgamations of th
Cape Coast is a city, fishing port, the capital of Cape Coast Metropolitan District and Central Region of south Ghana. Cape Coast is situated on its south to the Gulf of Guinea. Cape Coast had a settlement population of 169,894 people; the language of the people of Cape Coast is Fante. From the 16th century until Ghanaian independence, the city and fishing port changed hands between the British, the Portuguese, the Swedish, the Danish and the Dutch, it is home to 32 festivals. Cape Coast was founded by the people of Oguaa, it is one of the most historical cities in Ghana. Portuguese colonists built a trading fort in the area. In 1650, the Swedes built a lodge that would become the better known Cape Coast Castle, now a World Heritage Site. Most of the modern town expanded around it; the Dutch took it over in 1650 and expanded it in 1652. It was captured by the British in 1664. Trade was an important motivator in the creation of settlements on Cape Coast. Traders from various European countries built these trading lodges and castles along the coast of modern Ghana.
The acquisition of gold, slaves and the many other goods that composed the African leg of the Triangular Trade was detrimental to the inhabitants of Cape Coast. In 1874, the British dominated all European presence along the coast of modern-day Ghana using Cape Coast as their base of operations, Gold Coast. With the establishment of formal colonial administration, they relocated to Accra following opposition to the "window tax" in 1877. Accra became their state. Cape Coast Castle was where most of the slaves were held before their journey on the Middle Passage; the area is dominated by batholith rock and is undulating with steep slopes. There are valleys of various streams between the hills, with Kakum being the largest stream; the minor streams end in wetlands. In the northern part of the district, the landscape is suitable for the cultivation of various crops. TemperatureCape Coast is a humid area with mean monthly relative humidity varying between 85% and 99%; the sea breeze has a moderating effect on the local climate.
The crab is a statue of one stands in the city centre. Fort William, built in 1820, was an active lighthouse from 1835 to the 1970s, while Fort Victoria was built in 1702. Other attractions include a series of Asafo shrines, Cape Coast Centre for National Culture, the Oguaa Fetu Afahye festival, since 1992, the biennial Panafest theatre festival; the city is located 30 km south of Kakum National Park, one of the most diverse and best preserved national parks in West Africa. It is believed that Michelle Obama, US First Lady, considers Cape Coast as her ancestral home, on 11 July 2009, she took the rest of the first family to tour Cape Coast Castle as part of her husband's trip to Cape Coast. Cape Coast is the seat of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana's leading university in teaching and research. Cape Vars, as it is popularly called, lies on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, it has one of the best Polytechnics in Cape Coast Polytechnic. Other institutions of higher education in the city worthy of note are * Mfantsiman Institute of Technology and * Institute of Development and Technology Management.
The city boasts some of Ghana's finest secondary and technical schools: Wesley Girls' High School St. Augustine College Mfantsipim School Adisadel College Aggrey Memorial Senior High School Ghana National College Holy Child High School, Ghana Cape Coast Technical Institute Asuansi Technical Institute Academy of Christ the King Senior High School Cape Coast International Senior High School University Practice Senior High School St. Nicholas Seminary Senior High School Efutu Senior High Technical School Sammo Senior High School Commercial Service Institute Oguaa Senior High Technical School Rev. Dr. Philip Quaque: 1741–1816. King John Aggery Essien: 1809–1899. Chief James Robert Thompson: 1810-18-86. Hon. Francis Chapman Grant: 1823–1889. Hon. Robert Hutchison: 1828–1863. Jacob Wilson-Sey alias Kwaa Bonyin: 1832–1902. Hon. John Sarbah: 1834–1892. Hon. James Cheetham: 1834–1902. Herbert Taylor Ussher: 1836–1880. Joseph Peter Brown: 1843–1932. Prince James Hutton Brew: 1844–1915. Thomas Frederic Edward Jones: 1850–1927.
Henry Van Hein: 1858–1928. Rev. Mark Christian Hayford: 1863–1935. John Mensah-Sarbah: 1864–1910. J. E. Casely Hayford: 1866–1930. Hon. William Ward-Brew, OBE: 1878–1943. George Edward Moore: 1879–1950. Charles Emmanuel Graves: 1884–1929. John Coleman de-Graft Johnson: 1884–1956.
Central Region (Ghana)
The Central Region is one of the ten administrative regions of Ghana. It is bordered by Ashanti and Eastern regions to the north, Western region to the west, Greater Accra region to the east, to the south by the Gulf of Guinea; the Central region is renowned for its many elite higher education institutions and an economy based on an abundance of industrial minerals and tourism. The Central region attains many tourist attractions such as castles and beaches stretched along the Central region's coastline; the Central Region is a hub of education, with some of the best schools in the country. The region's economy is dominated by services followed by fishing. Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle are prominent UNESCO World Heritage Sites and serve as a reminder of the slave trade; the Central Region is a major center for tourism within the peninsula of Ashantiland and it has some of the most beautiful beaches, national parks. U. S. President Barack Obama made his first international trip to the city of Cape Coast in 2009.
University of Cape Coast University of Education, Winneba KAAF University College Marysons College, Cape Coast Pan African Christian University College Ola Training College, Old Elmina Road, Cape Coast Presbyterian Women Training College Gladmond Vocational Institute, Abura/Asebu/Kwamank Methodist Voc Trg Centre, Abura/Asebu/Kwamank Archbishop Porter's Polytechnic, CAPE COAST Cape Coast Polytechnic, Ayifua Fosu College of Education, Assin Fosu. Komenda College of Education, Komenda; the Central Region is well known for its varied choices in cuisine. Etsew and Fantefante is the main dish enjoyed. Kenkey and Fufu are both eaten with a variety of sauces and soups. Seafood is eaten across the Central Region; the Central Region comprises 20 districts
Teshie is a coastal town in the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal District, a district in the Greater Accra Region of southeastern Ghana. Teshie is the ninth most populous settlement in Ghana, with a population of 171,875 people, it is believed that the original Teshie people came from a town that lies to the west of Teshie. Its alternative definition refers to an individual devoted to the John Tesh radio program. Fort Augustineborg, built by the Danes in 1787, is located in Teshie and was occupied by the British from 1850 to 1957; the national Officer Cadet Training School and Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre are located here. It is believed that Teshie is 300 years old as of 2011; the town is rich in diversity as a result of the country's current democracy and development program. Every August, the town celebrates the Homowo festival. Teshie stretches from the Kpeshie Lagoon to Teshie-Nungua Estates from East to West on the Teshie Road. Teshie has grown enormously to become one of the biggest towns in Ghana.
The town of Teshie is known as the home of design coffins, invented in the 1950s by Seth Kane Kwei and still made in the Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop and by several other artists. The Labadi Beach, or more properly known as La Pleasure Beach, is near Teshie; the beach is the busiest beach on Ghana's coast. It is maintained by the local hotels; the National Officer Cadet Training School and Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre are located in Teshie. There are a few Missionary schools located in Teshie which include: The Teshie Roman Catholic School, The Teshie Methodist School, Teshie Anglican and Teshie Presbyterian Schools. There are a number of run schools; the most notable of these is the God's Way Preparatory School. The widening of the dual carriage way from OTU Barracks to First Junction was in the late 1970s. Teshie is served by a station of the eastern section of the national railway system. Railway stations in Ghana 2013 Master of Coffins – 26 minutes documentary about artist Eric Adjetey Anang, by Luis Nachbin / Matrioska Films for GloboTV 2008 The Buried Treasures of the Ga: Coffin Art in Ghana.
Regula Tschumi. Benteli, Bern. ISBN 978-3-7165-1520-4 2011/12. Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts, Griff Rhys Jones' Ghanaian'fantasy coffin' 2011/12. Miracles of Africa, Hämeenlinna Art Museum, Hämeenlinna and Oulu Museum of Art, Finnland
Koforidua popularly known as K-dua or kof town, is a city and capital of Eastern Region in south Ghana. The city was founded in 1875; the city has a settlement city proper population of 127,334 people in 2012. The city is an amalgamation of 2 Manucipalities New Juaben South; the centre of the city is made up of a blend of colonial and present day architecture. Koforidua serves as a commercial centre for New-Juaben Municipal District; the city is home to many businesses, with the exception of heavy duty industries, The city is home to intravenous infusion Ltd one of the oldest pharmaceutical companies in Ghana and west Africa, a leading producer of injections and drips. The company is listed on the Ghana Stock exchange and was registered in 1969. All Nations University a private University based in the city has placed Ghana on the world map of space technology, the University is the first to develop a satellite in West Africa, the satellite code named Ghansat 1 was handed over to the JAXA the Japanese space agency and subsequently handed over to The NASA in US to be launched in 2017.
The city is home to many Government Ministries at Regional level. The recent construction of the four-lane highway road linking The Koforidua Technical University and Koforidua to Oyoko brings commerce to the city; the highway serves as a valid alternative route to reach Kumasi. Oral tradition has it that Koforidua owes its name to an Akan man, Kofi Ofori, who had built his hut under a huge mahogany tree; this tree provided shelter for weary farmers who were returning from their farms after a hard day's work. Over time, it became common for the farmers to say that they were going to rest under Kofi Ofori's tree. In Akan, the south country's native language, the word for tree is "dua". An amalgamation of Kofi Ofori's name and tree, becomes "Koforidua." Ladies from Koforidua are popularly known as Koforidua Flowers Koforidua was founded in 1875 by Akan migrants from Asanteman. The completion in 1923 of the Kumasi railway saw Koforidua become an important road and rail junction. Koforidua is one of the country's oldest cocoa-producing centres.
It is noted today for its weekly Thursday bead market, which draws bead buyers and sellers from all over the Eastern region. Legend has it that, the Obuotabiri mountain found in New Juabeng, was the home of the gods and protected the people, it was believed to be inhabited by dwarfs and thus was considered the soul of the New Juabeng traditional area. All the townsfolk have great reverence for the mountain: OBUOTABIRI - the rock of Tabiri; the New Juaben Municipality falls within the Eastern Region of South Ghana. The municipality covers an estimated area of 110 square kilometres, constituting 0.57% of the total land area of the Eastern Region. The municipality has 48 electoral areas. Koforidua has an annual rainfall ranging from 50 – 120 inches and 20 – 32 Celsius mean annual temperatures; the New-Juaben municipality shares boundaries with East-Akim Municipality to the northeast, Akwapim North District to the east and south, Suhum-Kraboa-Coaltar District to the west. The city of Koforidua is made up of several neighbourhoods and settlements, including Effiduase, Oyoko, Suhyen, Dansuagya and Srodae.
Koforidua is two hours by road from Accra. Presently the city's population is dominated by Akans. The'Akwantukese' is celebrated yearly to mark the movement of the inhabitants of Koforidua's ancestors from'Asanteman' to their present location of Koforidua; the city is home to one of Ghana's oldest pharmaceutical Manufacturing companies i.e. Intravenous infusion Ltd which manufactures drips and injections for the West African Market. Other Industrial activities of Koforidua include textiles, soap and joinery, traditional medicine and ceramics, the production of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Koforidua is home to many financial services companies ranging from Universal Banks, Micro-finance, Rural Banks and Savings and Loans Companies to Insurance Companies; the city depends on Government Administration, hospitality and Education services. With inhabitants in the Cornubations engaging in some form of subsistence farming. Koforidua produces cocoa. However, as cocoa production has moved westward to the Ashanti Region and Brong-Ahafo Region areas of virgin soil, Koforidua has become dependent upon its commercial and business administrative functions.
The city of Koforidua has only small-medium scale industries today. Koforidua's predominant tourism attractions include such natural features as Obuo Tabri Mountain, considered sacred. Nearby is Akosombo Dam, which holds Lake Volta, the world's largest man-made lake. Waterfalls in the area, such as Akaa Falls and Boti Falls, the Umbrella Rock attract tourists to the Eastern region. Though such tourist sites are functioning all year round, tourists are at times encouraged to visit the place at certain times of the year during the rainy seasons. At such times, the Boti Falls in particular is at its peak beauty and interesting to visit. Koforidua remains a major hub of education in Ghana, it is a number of prominent senior high schools in the country. In 2012, one of its schools; the city has a Technical University and two private universities and. and has campuses for other national Universities, the city have Teacher training college, Nurs
Ho is the capital city of the Ho Municipal District and the Volta Region of Ghana. The city lies between Mount Adaklu and Mount Galenukui or Togo Atakora Range, is home to the Volta Regional Museum, a cathedral, a prison, it was the administrative capital of British Togoland now part of the Volta Region. The population of Ho Municipality according to the 2010 Population and Housing Census is 177,281 representing 8.4 percent of the region's total population. Females constitute 52.7 percent and males represent 47.3 percent. About 62 percent of the population resides in urban localities; the Municipality shares boundaries with Adaklu and Agotime-Ziope Districts to the South, Ho West District to the North and West and the Republic of Togo to the East. Its total land area is 2,361 square kilometers thus representing 11.5 percent of the region's total land area. Ho was a part of the German colony of Togoland until World War I, when it was occupied by the British. Ho became the capital of the League of Nations mandate of British Togoland and French Togoland until that entity's incorporation into the British Gold Coast colony, which subsequently became Ghana.
The town was inhabited by the people of Hegbe, followed by the people of Banakoe. These two groups lived alongside each other with individual chiefdoms; the first known chief of the Bankoe people was Afede Asor I, known in his private life as Akorli. The chief of Heve was Anikpi I, known in his private life as Adzah Doe; the Ahoe and Dome joined the settlement at a stage but came to play leading roles in its development. The people of Dome became the ruling class until the emergence of modern-day chieftaincy which they ceded to the Bankoe people; the people of Hliha are a sub-group of Bankoe. Ho Bankoe and Ho Dome, Ho Heve, Ho Hliha, Ho Ahoe, Anlokordzi, Little Bethlehem, voradep village, Barracks new town, Somey down, Lokoe. Klefe, Tokokoe, Tanyigbe, Hoviepe, Kpenoe, Sokode The traditional festival in Ho is the Asogli Yam Festival, celebrated around September of every year. Ho has a lively and huge open market that attracts people from all over the Volta Region and migrants from Togo. There are numerous churches in the Ho municipality, including the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ho.
The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana has its headquarters in Ho. The church is predominantly in the Volta Region, the capital of, Ho; the church has a university. The University of Health and Allied Sciences is in Ho. Ho Sports Stadium is located in the town. Volta Region's football team is Heart of Lions, based in Kpandu's Kpando Stadium. In central parts of Ho the roads are paved, the roads outside are not. An airport is being built to serve Ho; the town is home to two hospitals, including the Volta Regional Hospital, completed in the year 2000. There are numerous clinics that serve the town. There are many public basic schools in Ho. A list of tertiary institutions in Ho follows: University of Health and Allied Sciences Ho Technical University, formally Ho Polytechnic Ghana Technology University College, Princefield University College Evangelical Presbyterian University College Ho Nurses Training Schools DataLink Institute, Ho Gcom Institute of Science and Technology Mawuli School OLA Girls' Senior High School Sacred Heart Senior High School EPC Mawuko Girls Senior High School Sonrise Christian High School St. Prosper's college Wallahs Academy Holy Spirit College of Education Information on Ho and the Volta Region Ghana-pedia reference – Ho The HO MUSEUM / english & german British Togoland