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Ghana

ghana2Ghana, is a west African country, bounded on the north by Burkina Faso, on the east by Togo, on the south by the Atlantic Ocean,and on the west by Côte d’Ivoire.

Formerly a British colony known as the Gold Coast, was led to independence by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on the 6th of March, 1957. Ghana became the first black nation in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve independence from colonial rule.

The country is named after the ancient empire of Ghana, from which the ancestors of the inhabitants of the present country are thought to have migrated.

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Full Name:Republic of Ghana
Population:23.9 million (UN, 2008)
Capital:Accra
Area:238,533 sq km (92,098 sq miles)
Major languages:English, African languages including Akan, Ewe
Major religions:Christianity, indigenous beliefs, Islam
Life expectancy:60 years (men), 60 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit:Ghana Cedi
Main exports:Gold, cocoa, timber, tuna, bauxite, aluminium, manganese ore, diamonds
GNI per capita:US $590 (World Bank, 2007)
Internet domain: .gh
International dialling code: +233