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More Fun Facts About Ghana

Ghana, officially the Republic of Ghana, is located along the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. The word Ghana means “Warrior King” in the Soninke language. With these 50 interesting facts about Ghana, let’s learn more about its: history, culture, geography, people, economy, food, traditions and more.

. Most Ghanaian people dress in brightly colored clothing preferably made of silk.

. The terrain in Ghana is mostly of low-lying plains with notable hills well distributed throughout the country.

Ghana has a population growth rate of 2.2%

. Agriculture is the major employer in the country thus most people are found farming their lands.

. Starting a business in Ghana has been made easy with the little bureaucracy involved and regulated business freedom.

. The country borders Burkina Faso to the North, Togo to the East and the Atlantic Ocean is to the South.

. The capital City of Ghana is Accra which has a population of approximately 2.273 million people.

. Ghana boasts of having the largest open-air market in West Africa located in Kumasi where people go to buy clothes, fabric as well as garments.

Source: The Fact File

Here Are Some 8 Interesting Facts About Ghana You May Not Know

Ghana, officially the Republic of Ghana, is located along the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. The word Ghana means “Warrior King” in the Soninke language. With these 50 interesting facts about Ghana, let’s learn more about its: history, culture, geography, people, economy, food, traditions and more.

1. Culture and tradition of the Ghanaian people of West Africa are mixed especially due to the fact that the country boasts of several tribes that uphold their different cultural orientations as well as their varied ways of life. In as much as there is a multiplicity of different ethnic groups, the culture is overall unified and as such, Ghana has enjoyed political stability in the region even after the post-Colonial 

2. Generally, Ghanaian culture lays more emphasis on being hospitable to everyone in the society, practicing good manners in every setting as well as respect for everyone.

3. Ghana uses English as their official language which however has a distinctive West African Accent.

4. Akan is the most popularly used language in Ghana after English spoken by nearly 67.1% of the inhabiting people.

5. Ghana was the first country to gain independence in West Africa from the British people. (West African countries include – 1. Benin, 2. Burkina Faso, 3. the island nation of Cape Verde, 4. Gambia, 5. Ghana, 6. Guinea, 7. Guinea-Bissau, 8. Ivory Coast, 9. Liberia, 10. Mali, 11. Mauritania, 12. Niger, 13. Nigeria, 14. the island of Saint Helena, 15. Senegal, 16. Sierra Leone, 17. São Tomé and Príncipe, and 18. Togo.)

6. Ghana before 1957 was commonly known as the Gold Coast due to the availability of gold along the rivers Ankobra and Volta.

7. Ghana had their first constitution in 1946.

8. Kwame Nkrumah became the first president of independent Ghana after they gained independence in 1957.

Source: The Fact File

Meet the Boss: Adjoa Boateng, regional director, MicroEnsure Ghana

Adjoa Boateng heads MicroEnsure’s operations in Ghana, Malawi and Nigeria. She joined the team in 2012 and was responsible for converting its NGO operations in Ghana into a for-profit business. MicroEnsure develops mobile micro-insurance products for telecos.

1. What was your first job?

My first job ever was as a sales person in a gift shop in a hotel. I was straight out of high school, so I was about 18 years old.

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From warehouse to patient: mPharma’s approach to increasing the accessibility of medicines in Africa

Since 2013, the startup mPharma has been trying to build an infrastructure and a drug-monitoring system to connect patients, hospitals and pharmacies. The objective is to enable doctors to know the exact location and availability of medicines in real time, and patients to have better access to medicines. One of the greatest modern day success stories in global health has been the reduction in the yearly price of branded HIV/AIDS drug prices from a high of US$10,439 in 2000 to $347 by 2011. During the same period, the introduction of generic drug treatments dropped a year’s worth of treatment to about $61. With financial support from organisations like the Global Fund, PEPFAR and the Clinton Foundation, more than five million patients in sub-Saharan were on treatment by 2011.

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