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How Well Do You Know Ghana? Get To Know The Names And Meanings Of These 10 Cities In Ghana



Ghana right now has 16 locales however before the expansion of new districts, 10 areas each with capital urban areas which fill in as the sub-organization center point of administration. The previous ten territorial limits were authoritatively settled in 1987 after the Upper West was initiated. 

Much the same as the nation, Ghana, all the territorial capitals were named by neighborhood individuals or colonials powers. A portion of these names have exceptionally intriguing historical backgrounds, history and sources. 

In this article, we feature the names and implications of these 10 urban communities in Ghana. 


The name Takoradi is a blend of the Portuguese word Taccarada and a nearby word Ntakor.

Preceding the approach of Europeans, nearby occupants for the most part the Ahantas alluded to the region as “Amanful-kro” which means Amanful’s town or essentially Amanful, even today this name has been kept up for some piece of the city.

The Portuguese in 1485 fabricated a slave post where the harbor see is at present found and named it ‘Taccarada’. Then the nearby individuals were at that point alluding to the spot as Ntakorase, signifying “under the Ntakor tree”.

Be that as it may, the whiteman couldn’t articulate Ntakorase quite well and the Ahantas could likewise not articulate Taccarada very well as well.

As time went on the way to express the two words converged to frame Tacorrasi which at that point became Takoradze, (neighborhood articulation). Prior to 1800, the British and the Fantes at last received the name TAKORADI which remains the official name till date.


The city of Sunyani rose as a station camp for elephant trackers during the nineteenth century. “Sunyani” is an anglicized lexeme from the Akan word ‘Asondwaee’, ‘Ason’ which means elephant and ‘dwaee’ action word – to skin or to butcher a creature. Sunyani was casted a ballot the cleanest city and settlement in Ghana for the year 2007 and is commended for its all around looked after rural areas.


A youthful muslim young lady blends shea spread in Tamale, Ghana

As indicated by nearby sources and anthropologists, the city which is currently known as Tamale is a generally new town. At the turn of the only remaining century, it was only a bunch of towns known for the most part for the various shea margarine trees; the ‘tama’ from which it got the name Tamale.

The tree is known as táá?à, pl. táánsì, and the natural product, as táánì, pl. támá in Dagbani, the language of the nearby populace. ‘Tama-Yili’ signifies “Home of Shea Butter” in Dagbani.


In his book, “The Role of Art in the Celebration of Asogli Yam Festival and its Significance to the Socio-Economic Development of Ghana”, R. Gbadegbe states that, “In Ewe, the word ‘Ho’ signifies to move with sack and stuff. So when calling the individuals who are presently known as Ho individuals the ‘Hoawo’, one is unwittingly alluding to them as individuals who moved with all that they had from the extraordinary mass of Notsie.

The city of Ho is the capital of the Volta Region and lies between Mount Adaklu and Mount Galenukui or Togo Atakora Range, and is home to the Volta Regional Museum, an air terminal, a church building, and a jail.

The University of Health and Allied Sciences is additionally situated here.


The Market Kejetia the largest in West-Africa

Kumase or Kumasi’s historical underpinnings is determined the Twi language, signifying “Under the Kum tree.” “ase” or “asi” signifies “under, down, or underneath” and is utilized in many spot names in Ghana, for example, Obuasi, Daboase, and Kenyase.

Oral custom refers to an incredible seventeenth century minister, Anokye Komfuo as the originator of the name.

As indicated by old stories, he planted three “KUM” trees at various areas in the Ashanti realm. One at Kwaaman managed by the Nananomayokofuo, a second one at Apemso-Bankofo governed by Nananomaduanafuo and a third a town close Fomena and Amoafo called Oboani controlled by Nananomekuonafuo.

The Kum tree at Kwaaman thrived and turned into an extremely huge tree under which the King and his kin regularly sat thus Kwaaman became Kum-ase importance under Kum. Different trees at Oboani delivered two or three different trees which were all little in size henceforth its new name, Kuma. At Apemso-Bankofo, it didn’t prosper making the individuals allude to the spot as Kumawu.


The town Wa is the territorial capital of the Upper West Region.

The town flaunts a few places of worship and mosques, the Wa-Na Palace, the St. Andrew’s Catholic house of God, the University for Development Studies (UDS), a gallery and a close by hippopotamus haven.

“The name of the town signifies ‘come’ in the Waali language.” AKA, p.47, fn.29 “The name Wa by its historical background signifies ‘we came to watch a move’- [te wa kaa yeng seore], as indicated by Ninfaazu, a M. Phil understudy of the Institute of African Studies”.

Wa likewise holds the human survives from Babatu, an infamous marauder notable for his attacks in Upper West area during the late and mid nineteenth century.


The capital city of the Upper East area, Bolgatanga or privately alluded to Bolga is situated in the Northern districts of Ghana.

The name Bolgatanga is gotten from an enormous level stone that is said to lie in the town’s market. As per researchers, the stone has closeness to site where the primary pilgrims burrowed mud for building and cleaning their homes.

Mud in the Frafra language is “bolga” and rock is “tanga” – henceforth the name Bolgatanga alluding to the mud zone close to the stone.

Bolga lies in the Red Volta River Valley, a significant relocation course for elephants, with the White Volta River and the precipices of the Gambaga Escarpment toward the south of the town framing the southern limit of the Upper East area. It is nearby the outskirt with Burkina Faso.


The historical background of Koforidua, the capital of the Eastern Region of Ghana has two sources. A first source guarantee that the city of Koforidua owes its name to a man, Kofi Ofori, who had fabricated his cabin under a colossal mahogany tree.

As indicated by oral custom, the tree gave asylum to tired ranchers who were coming back from their homesteads in the wake of a difficult day’s worth of effort. After some time it got basic for the ranchers to state that they were going to rest under Kofi Ofori’s tree.

Kwame Ampene the creator of the subsequent source makes reference to a certain “Ofori” who was a sovereign of the head of Kukurantumi and established a town at a vantage point on his dad’s domain.

The Tradition proceeds with that the headman of the town was tenderly called Kwa-Ofori, signifying ‘Hireling of Ofori’.

Kwa-Ofori built up a market under an enormous tree where forthcoming purchasers and dealers came to execute business. This is the birthplace and importance of the name Kwa-Ofori-Dua-Ase, presently defiled into Koforidua.

Cape Coast

The authentic city of Cape Coast is initially known as Ogua. Others local people allude to the territory as Kotokuraba which signifies “Stream of Crabs” or “Town of Crabs”.

The name Cape Coast was given to the city by Portuguese dealers who fabricated the main exchange stop 1555 and called the neighborhood settlement ‘Cabo Corso’, signifying ‘short cape’, English brokers transformed it to Cape Coast.

It is home to 32 celebrations, the Cape Coast Castle, Asafo Shrine, Fort William, Fort Victoria, the Kakum National Park and various instructive foundations.


Accra’ is an undermined European rendition of the Fanti word “Nkran” which implies ants alluding to the individuals and the fighter ants. The Ga-Adangme individuals allude to the city as Gã or Gaga. There are a few hotspots for the historical background of the name.

In C.C.Reindorf’s History of the Gold Coast and Asante he features that “The seven towns framing the Akra appropriate are:1 Ga, English or James Town (British Akra); 2. Kinka (Kanka) or Ussher Town (Dutch Akra); 3. Osu or Christiansborg (Danish Akra); 4. La or Labade; 5. Teshi ; 6. Ningowa or Little Ningo; 7. Tema”

Accra is the capital of Ghana and home to roughly 2.2 million Ghanaians and remote inhabitants who live, work and visit in its 12 neighborhood government areas.



Zoomlion Supports KNUST Students With 50 Laptops Under SONSOL Project



Zoomlion supports KNUST students with 50 laptops under SONSOL project

Over 593 brilliant and needy students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have received laptops to support their education. The project dubbed; ‘Support One Needy Student with One Laptop’ (SONSOL), solicits the support of all stakeholders to provide one laptop to such students.

The laptops, valued at GH¢2.96 million, were donated by corporate organisations, alumni of the university and some distinguished personalities. The beneficiaries were selected from over 4,375 applicants.

For freshers, their WASSCE aggregates were not to exceed 18 and for continuing students, they should have attained a CWA of at least 55.00.In addition, all students who were already benefiting from any scholarship or bursary above GH¢2,000 were not eligible for the award.

The Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, Prof Rita Akosua Dickson, in a brief remark, said, “When we published the call for students to apply to be considered for the laptops, we had an overwhelming number and we only have a limited number of laptops to give out,” she noted.“

Considering the number of laptops we have received and the number of students needing genuine help after the stringent, water-tight screening, we can only appeal for more laptops even beyond today’s ceremony,” she added.

Presenting the 50 laptops to the university, the Director for Communications & Corporate Affairs of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mrs Emma Akyea-Boakye, in her solidarity message, said this innovation by the university was in line with the company’s mission of improving the lives of the people and their environment.

She was of the view that the laptops will go a long way to assist the students in their research studies, adding that “we are not in normal times and the Covid-19 has turned things to a virtual system.”

She reiterated that Jospong Group and Zoomlion will continue to support the university. Other representatives from Zoomlion were the Corporate Affairs Manager (Zoomlion), Mr. Daniel Ohene Obeng, and General Manager of Ashanti East (Zoomlion Ghana Limited), Mr. Franklin Ofori Akuffo.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Henrietta Agyei-Yeboah thanked donors and promised the laptops “will be put to good use to achieve the main aim behind the initiative.”Companies that supported the initiative included Stanbic Bank, ABSA Bank, CBG, SIC, Vodafone Ghana, Stanbic Bank, ABSA Bank, and Tobinco Group of Companies

Others were Multinec Enterprise, Standard Chartered, Director of Urban Roads, Kumasi, Lawyer Agyei Baffour, Andysarp Furniture and Ing. Nana Poku Agyemang.


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Double-Track System Can Be Mentained In Some Senior High Schools – GES




The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof Kwasi Amankwah says government must reconsider a continuation of the double-track system in some Senior High Schools (SHS).

This follows the suspension of the double-track system employed across the country after the reopening of schools for the 2020/21 academic year.

The green and gold double-track system was introduced by government to enable various senior high schools to take in more students due to infrastructural deficit in the various schools.

But announcing the reopening of schools in the country in an address to the nation, President Akufo-Addo explained that his government has been able to embark on infrastructural development in the various senior high schools (SHS), hence the decision to halt the exercise.

However, speaking in an interview on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen after the release of the 2020/2021 SHS placement, Prof Amankwah said there must be a reintroduction in at least the country’s 50 top schools.

He stressed some of these schools are still over-subscribed which means a team of these students would be out of school for the academic year in view.

Prof Amankwah mentioned Wesley Girls, Achimota, Aggrey Memorial, Prempeh College, and St Roses among others, adding that most of these schools still have a lot of outstanding qualified students.

“I sometimes wonder if we cannot relook at our double-track system though we have been able to expand certain facilities.

“We could have divided the numbers we are getting this year if that was still in place. So if we can agree to continue in at least our top 50 schools, it would have increased enrollment for our own good,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service has published the 2020 Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) into Senior High Schools and Technical and Vocational Education and Training Schools (TVETS).

In a statement issued by the Service, out of the total number of 533,693 registered candidates, 494,530 candidates qualified to be placed.

Whilst 343, 264 of the candidates were automatically placed in one of their choice of school, 151,266 qualified candidates could not be matched with any of their choices.

The Service has therefore instructed such students “to do self-placement to select from available schools.”

For the 151,266 qualified candidates who could not be matched with any of their selected schools, GHS noted that they will be redirected to the Self-Placement Portal where they will be asked to answer some questions.

“Management of Ghana Education Services wishes to assure all students, especially, those who could not be matched with their choices during the automatic placement, parents and the general public that all schools with vacancies have been uploaded on the portal for students to select from during self-placement without hitches,” the statement added.


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Photo: JHS 3 Student Pays Macho Men To Beat Up A ‘Stubborn’ Teacher



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A JHS 3 student of Kroma 2 JHS at Nungua, a suburb of Accra in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, together with his gang has attacked a teacher for punishing him over his failure to do his homework.

Starr News reports that after he was disciplined, the pupil fled home, picked up a gang in a Sprinter Bus and stormed the school, leaving the teacher with a facial injury. 
The teacher was saved by his fellow teachers and was sent to LEKMA Hospital to collect and release his wounds later on.

Teacher Beaten By Gang Of student Over Homework

After the attack, the mother of the student also besieged the school and rained insults on the teacher identified as Mr. Moses Onyameasem who was already in hospital receiving treatment for his wounds.

The development has led to the closure of the school and some other schools in the area until further notice.


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