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.


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

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.

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

» 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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