Ghana trivia

2010-05-29 10:37

Ghana was the first country in Africa to claim its independence, in 1957, from ­British colonial rule.

Football stars of the Ghanaian football team – also known as the Black Stars – ­include Sulley Muntari (central midfielder and left-winger for Italian giants Inter Milan); Gyan Asamoah (striker for Stade Rennais in France); Stephen Appiah (midfielder with Bologna in Italy); Jonathan Mensah (defender with Free State Stars in South Africa); and Andre Dede Ayew (striker and winger with AC Arles-Avignon of France).

Fans of the Black Stars are planning to arrive in SA in big numbers to witness the first World Cup on African soil.

Geography:

Ghana is in West Africa.
Neighbouring countries:
» Togo to the east;
» Ivory Coast to the west; and
» Burkina Faso to the northwest.

People:
There are six main ethnic groups:
» Akan (Ashanti and Fanti) – The Ashanti are the largest ethnic group and one of the few matrilineal societies to have existed in West Africa. They are master crafters specialising in weaving, wood carving, ­ceramics, leather wear and metal work;
» Ewe;
» Ga-Adangbe;
» Mole-Dagbani;
» Guan; and
» Gurma.

Religion:
» 60% Christian;
» 15% Muslim; and
» 25% traditional African.

Culture:
» Kente cloth – typically worn in the south of the country for happy occasions, rites of passage and rituals. It is a festival cloth of woven strips of brightly coloured cotton;
» Adinkra symbols – a series of symbols originating with the Asante people. The Adinkra symbols are also printed on the clothing which is worn by royalty and ­spiritual leaders.
The symbols are spiritual guides and are typically found on garments, jewellery, homewear and ornaments; and
» Wood carving – they are master carvers of all ­varieties of wood carvings and adornments.


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