- Western Region (Ghana)
The Western Region of
Ghanaincludes the large twin city of Sekondi- Takoradion the coast, coastal Aximand a hilly inland area including Elubo, that reaches from the Côte d'Ivoireborder in the west, to the Central Region in the east. It includes Ghana's southernmost location, Cape Three Points.
The region has the highest rainfall in Ghana, lush green hills and fertile soils. There are numerous small and large-scale gold mines. The culture is dominated by the
Nzema, Wassa, Aowin, Sefwi, Ahanta branches of the Akan culture, and the main languages are Fante, Wassa, Sefwi, Ahanta, Nzemaand English. The religions are predominantly Christian and African Traditional Religions.
The founder of modern independent Ghana,
Kwame Nkrumahwas born (and later temporarily buried) in the village of Nkroful, west of Aximwhere he once taught school in the 1930's.
The largest rivers are the
Ankobra River, The Bia River, the Pra River in the east and the Tano Riverpartly forming the western national border. The area is known for the village of Nzulezobuilt entirely on stilts and platforms over water, and the Ankasa Protected Area. There is a series of imposing Portuguese, Dutch, British, and Brandenburgian forts along the coast, built from 1512on.
The Region has a lot of post-secondary schools, they include Teacher and Nursing colleges, Polytechnics and a university at Tarkwa, the University of Mines and Technology.
The Western Region of Ghana contains the following 13 districts:
Ahanta West District
Mpohor/Wassa East District
Nzema East District
Shama Ahanta East Metropolitan District
Wasa Amenfi East District
Wasa Amenfi West District
Wassa West District
* Added the Prestea Huni Valley District in January 2008
Regional Ministerfor the Ghana is Mr. Evans A. Amoah
* [http://www.ghanadistricts.com/index.asp GhanaDistricts.com]
* [http://www.ghana.gov.gh/ghana/list_ministers_and_regional_ministers.jsp_0 Latest list of Regional Ministers in 2008]
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