Ten more Facts about Ghana, just for the sake of an insight.

  1. Freedom of worship is protected by the constitution of Ghana, and religious tolerance is even taught in the country’s schools. The major religions of the country are Christianity, Islam and indigenous beliefs.
  2. Funerals are more of a social function than merely a time to mourn. Don’t be surprised when the grieving company turns into a happy party. For them the more, the merrier. Kind of weird but that’s Ghana for you.
  3. It was ranked as Africa’s most peaceful country by the Global Peace Index. Ranked as 40 on the Global Peace Index, Ghana is known as the most peaceful country in Africa. This fact about Ghana is true, despite the existence of over 90 different ethnic groups confined in the same space. I believe this attributes to the high level of tolerance and hospitality that Ghanaians are known for.
  4. Lake Volta, in the Volta region of the country, is the world’s biggest man made lake. It’s 250 miles long and covers 3,283 square miles, or 3.6% of Ghana’s area.
  5. The currency unit in Ghana is called the cedi. The word “cedi” comes from a local word meaning a cowry shell. Cowry shells were once used as money in Ghana. History has it that, formerly cowries (sea shells) were used as currency in Ghana. And the weird fact about Ghana is even though we decided to modernize, they just couldn’t help but still keep a piece of their culture. So they named their paper currency after cowries. Just in case a time traveller from the past decides to visit, he will fit right in the economy.
  6. The major languages in Ghana are English, Akan and Ewe. Ghana’s total area is 238,533 sq km (92,098 sq miles) While Ghana has a population of 26.8 million people.
  7. Ghanaians celebrate a dancing festival held annually and most of their celebrities are known globally as not allowing their wealth or status to affect their daily living.
  8. There are 6 national parks and many smaller nature reserves that were set up to help protect Ghana’s wildlife.
  9. Northern and southern Ghana each have different seasons. In the north, the rainy season runs from April to October. In the south, the rainy season lasts from April to June and then again in September to October.
  10. There are over 650 butterfly species in the Kakum National Park, including the giant swallowtails, which are nearly 8 inches, or 20 centimeters, wide. Poisonous snakes such as the cobra and puff adder are native to Ghana as are pythons, which don’t bite, but can squeeze their victims to death.
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