Fun Facts About Ghana – From National Idols To Soccer!
Welcome to Ghana, a democratic nation in Africa
Ghana and the United States
did you know- For more than three decades, Ghana has maintained cordial diplomatic relations with the United States of America. Interestingly, in the 1970s, Shirley Temple Black, a former world-famous actress, was appointed as the US ambassador to Ghana, at the time a pro-Soviet nation. For its exemplary democracy, three US presidents have visited the country in recent decades. The English-speaking nation was visited by Bill Clinton in March 1998. Ten years later, US Head of State George Walker Bush arrived on an official visit. Finally, Barack Obama paid a state visit to the African Republic in July 2009. During his visit to Ghana, he said: “The African continent is a place of extraordinary promise and also of challenge. We will not be able to deliver on our promises unless that we see better governance.”
did you know- The Republic of Ghana covers approximately 92,100 square miles (238,540 square kilometers). The English-speaking east is located on the southern coast of West Africa. Interestingly, it borders three former French colonies: Ivory Coast (once called the Ivory Coast) to the west, Togo (one of the smallest republics in the world) to the east, Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) to the north, and the Ocean South Atlantic. This nation is covered by wetlands, savannahs, and tropical rainforests. Accra — a city with several historical buildings — is the capital of the country.
did you know- Lake Volta is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world (more than twice the size of Rhode Island).
world famous people
did you know- Ghana is the birthplace of Kofi Annan, who was Secretary General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2001. Meanwhile, he was the second African to be appointed Secretary General, after Boutros Boutros-Ghali (Egypt). What’s more, no other black diplomat had won this post. Born into a wealthy family, Mr. Annan, an expert on world issues, hails from Kumasi, the country’s second largest city. Like Nelson Mandela (South African leader), Anwar Sadat (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) and Abebe Bikila (Olympic champion from Ethiopia), Annan, a US-trained diplomat, is one of the most respected people on the African continent.
did you know- When the British conquered it in the 19th century, the African country was renamed the Gold Coast.
did you know- Today, Ghana is a bastion of democracy, with a good human rights record, in West Africa. After decades of military rule, this corner of the planet became a democratic nation – “the envy of West Africa” - in the 1990s. During this period of time, a new Constitution was proclaimed on April 28, 1992. multi-party, backed by Ghana’s ruler, Jerry Rawlings, and became the headquarters of several political parties. Thus, the following presidents were all democratic leaders. Before 1992, dictators had imposed censorship, including Kwame Nkrumah (1957-1966) and other warlords. Starting in the 2000s, it has intensified its efforts to build a strong democracy. And in December 2008, John Atta Mills, a British-educated lawyer, was sworn in as Head of State; he has become the nation’s second Democratic president of the 21st century. Because of this, it is one of the best democracies in sub-Saharan Africa.
did you know- Soccer – a legacy of British rule – has long reigned supreme in the country since the 1970s and most of its idols play in Europe. Despite the exodus, the country is one of the best developing country teams in the world. Ghana qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, along with Nigeria, Algeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and other nations.
1963: Africa Cup of Nations – winner
1965: Africa Cup of Nations – winner
1968: African Cup of Nations – 1st runner-up
1970: African Championship – 1st runner-up
1978: Continental Tournament – champion
1978: All Africa Games – bronze medal
1982: Continental Tournament – champion
1992: African Tournament – 1st runner-up