Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About Ghana
Ghana is a great country with a rich history and a wide range of cultures that can be seen in every city’s people, food, music, and art. In this blog, we’ll look at some fascinating facts regarding Ghana so you can understand more about the nation and what makes it unique.
Ghana became one of the more powerful countries on the African continent again after it got rid of the British Empire in 1957. That year, Kwame Nkrumah became the new president, and a new flag was made with the Pan-African colors of red, yellow, green, and black.
As soon as Ghana became independent, the celebrations began. Ghana was made up of several separate countries before it was colonized. These included the Gonja, Dagomba, Ashanti, and Fanti states. Now, all of these countries are united under the flag of Ghana.
“Fantasy Coffins” are colorful.
If you’ve ever been to Ghana, you might have seen boxes painted in bright colors and made into interesting shapes. These are called imaginary or symbolic graves. As part of their culture, the people of Ghana make these graves, which can be used.
They can be found everywhere in Ghana, from small towns to bigger places. The detailed designs on the graves have to do with the country’s religious views and the trip to the future. They are interesting examples of Ghana’s spiritual and artistic customs.
Ghana likes football
Since the 1950s, the men’s Ghana national football team has stood for the country. In 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982, it won the famous Africa Cup of Nations four times. When the Ghana national team makes it to the World Cup, they get backing from all over the world. The last time they did well at the World Cup was in South Africa in 2010, when they were the third African team to get to the quarterfinals.
About 50 native languages are spoken.
Ghana has many cultures, and the languages people speak show this best. There are about 50 native languages, with Ga, Ewe, Dagaare, Akan, and Dagbani being the most common. Ghana is home to more than 80 different languages, but English is the national language. Going to the Northern Region, you might hear people speaking Dagbani or Mampelle.
You might hear people speak Frafra or Waali in the Upper West Region. French-speaking countries like Burkina Faso, Togo, and the Ivory Coast surround it. So, in addition to the many native languages and English, French is additionally widely spoken all over the land.
The biggest producer of gold in Africa
Ghana has been making gold for a long time. Today, gold digging is one of the most important industries in the country. Gold makes up more than 90% of the country’s mining exports, making it the biggest gold producer on the whole continent. The gold reserves and busy gold mine business are very good for the country’s income.
Ghana has a space program.
In 2017 Ghana raised a nano-satellite into space. The GhanaSat-1 was the first thing the country of Ghana sent into space. The satellite was part of the Kyushu Institute of Technology’s Birds-1 program, which helps countries construct their first satellites.
The satellite was utilized for two years to keep an eye on the environment along the coast of Ghana. In 2019, the satellite got out of orbit and returned to Earth. Ghana’s space program starts with the satellite.
Ghana means ‘Warrior King.’
Warrior King is the best name you could give a country. In the Middle Ages, kings of the Ghana Empire in West Africa were called “Ghana.” It’s a term that references old times, thriving African powers, and Ghana’s strong and lively current country.
The biggest lake made by humans is in Ghana.
The biggest artificial lake in the world is Lake Volta in southeast Ghana. The lake can hold 24,000,000 acre-feet of water, which is a lot. In the 1960s, the Akosombo Dam was built across the River Volta. This made the lake, which has helped the people of Ghana in many ways. Lake Volta is a great way for Ghana to make energy, get around, and grow crops.
Ghana is also home to a man who can run backward the fastest in the world.
Ferdie Ato Adoboe, born in Ghana in 1964, set a World Record for running backward in 1983. Ferdie Ato Adoboe is a sprinter who ran 100 meters backward in 12.7 seconds to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. You probably won’t see him at the next Olympic Games. He got his degree from the University of Massachusetts and had at least four world records related to speed.
Crocodile Pond is a holy place.
In the Upper East Region of Ghana, Paga has a holy and old crocodile pong. A lot of old, surprisingly calm alligators live in the pond. They have an amazing set of gnashers, but it seems they have been afraid to use them against guests for many years.
The Paga Crocodile Pond is a very popular place for tourists to visit because the crocodiles are so calm that people can get close to them and touch them. The local people have a unique connection with the alligators. They treat them as pets and take care of them all year long.