GHANA

© Jeanell Allen

Welcome to the Ghana travel section of The Student Globe Trotter!

Ghana is an amazing place! I lived there for five months in 2011 and it is a place I will never forget. Ghana is one of those places that is filled with so much joy and happiness that it is difficult to ignore. You become possessed by the energy of the people and soon you will adapt to their laidback lifestyle.

Ghana is situated in west Africa. It is bordered by Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) on the west, Burkina Faso on its north, Togo on its east and the Gulf of Guinea on its southern border. Ghana is the first sub-Saharan country to declare independence from the British Empire on March 6, 1957. Kwame Nkrumah, an advocate for Pan-Africanism, was named the first president of Ghana and now 55 years later, this African nation continues to prosper in more ways than one.

Ghana is famous for their exports (GOLD & CHOCOLATE), having the friendliest people in the world, and being the starting point for all hurricanes (New Yorkers now know what a hurricane is). You can find fabulous fashion, where most clothing is made from authentic African cloth,  and it has vivid colors and ornate designs. The food is very good and heavy. You will never feel hungry ever again. Also the currency exchange is wonderful! Since the cost of living is lower than in places like USA, UK and Europe, exchanging your American dollar or Euro will make you feel very rich when you go to Ghana. In New York City, a taxi may cost you $5 – $10 for a going a short distance. In Ghana, you will pay GH₵ 2-3 (Cedis is the Ghanaian currency) for the same distance, which translates to $1-$2. Definitely a bargain!

Ghana is dissected into ten different regions (Ashanti [Asante], Brong-Ahafo, Central, Eastern, Greater Accra, Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Volta, and Western).

The major cities in Ghana are Accra (the capital), Kumasi, Tamale, and Takoradi. Accra (AH-kraw) is located in southern Ghana, and it is the most well-known as it is the capital of the country and the largest city. If you want to fly to Ghana, usually you fly into Kotoka International Airport in Accra, so you can think of Accra as your gateway to the rest of Ghana. Last year, Lonely Planet considered Accra to be one of top cosmopolitan cities in Africa. As you continue with the guide, you will be able to find more information on the various major cities in  Ghana.

I hope reading this guide will give you inspiration to travel to Ghana. It is a worthwhile experience and I think you will enjoy every second while you’re there!

Happy travels!

Jeanell (The Globe Trotting Rockstar)

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