Uncommonly known things about your country
Depending on where you find yourself on the globe, there might be some things that instantly pop into your mind when you hear the country ‘Ghana’. If this is your first time, that’s fine. It’s one of the homeliest places you can find yourself in West Africa. It is known (imitating a line from a Nollywood movie).
That aside, let me share with you some other info about my homeland that you are possibly not in the know about.
Ghana is the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence from her colonial masters. We gained our independence on March 6, 1957.
Ghana was first known as Gold Coast as the Europeans used to trade in gold along our coast.
We have the Lake Volta which is the world’s largest man-made lake. It’s 250 miles long and covers 3.6% of Ghana’s area.
Life expectancy in Ghana according to WHO data published in 2018 is 62.5% for men and 64.4% for women. Hence, total life expectancy is 63.4% which gives Ghana a World Life ranking of 155.
We have a variety of over 40 local languages throughout the 16 regions. English however remains our official language.
Ghana produces the second most calaba beans.
Oil was discovered in 2007 off Ghana’s coast. Didn’t see that coming and I’m not too sure how we’re benefitting from but hey….
Ghana is a football (soccer) lover. Whether it’s a local league, AFCON or even the world cup, the people go all out to cheer for their favorites and then celebrate together after the closing ceremony.
Ghana stands for ‘Warrior King’ in the Soninke language. I had no idea myself.
What are some of the uncommonly known facts about your country? Kindly share and thanks for reading.
© Josephine Amoako 2019