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Ghana

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Ghana has achieved one of Africa's few transfers of power through the ballot box Apart from scattered hills and plateaux along its eastern and western borders, Ghana consists ...

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World Maps

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...Ghana Physical map Political map...

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World Flags

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... Ghana was the first decolonized African nation to take the colours of Ethiopia and the Pan-African movement. It adopted the tricolour upon independence from Britain in 1957. From 1964 to 1966 the middle band was white. The black five-pointed star is the guiding star of African...

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Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Place Names (6 ed.)

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2020

...Ghana ( Gold Coast ) The Republic of Ghana since 1960 , the name Ghana being adopted in 1957 when the Gold Coast became independent, the first of the UK’s African colonies to become so. At this time British Togoland (the western third of German Togoland, which had become separate British and French League of Nations mandates in 1919 ) joined the new Ghana. The Gold Coast, named Costa do Ouro by the Portuguese when they established trading posts along the coast at the end of the 15th century , became a British crown colony in 1874 ; Ashanti became a...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World

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Current Version:
2009
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Religion, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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1,271 words

...learning in Ghana. Fisher, Humphrey J. Ahmadīyah: A Study in Contemporary Islām on the West African Coast . London, 1963. Excellent introduction to scholarly analysis of the Ahmadīyah movement. The chapter on Ghana covers only the rise of the sect in the country. A more updated work is still needed. Levtzion, Nehemia . Muslims and Chiefs in West Africa . Oxford, 1968. Remains the best overview of the spread of Islam in Ghana from early times to the nineteenth century. Owusu-Ansah , David. “ History of Islamic Education in Ghana: An Overview. ” Ghana Studies 5...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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2010
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History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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... (ancient empire) The ‘land of gold’, first kingdom established by black people in the Nigerian Sudan. In the late 15th century, when the Muslim dyula —specialized trading groups of Malinke and Solinke affiliation—extended their activities from Mali outwards, they brought Islam along with them. Great Mosque of Djenné, Mali (formerly in the ancient empire of Ghana). © Robert Estall photo agency/Alamy Muhammad Ashraf Ebrahim Dockrat R. Mauny , ‘ Trans-Saharan Contacts ’, Cambridge History of Africa , vol. 2 (1978),...

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A Dictionary of British History (3 ed.)

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2015
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History, Regional and National History
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95 words

... Formerly the Gold Coast, British west African colony and protectorate. British traders became interested in the Gold Coast in the second half of the 17th cent., attracted by the trade in gold and, increasingly, in slaves for the Americas. It was decided to establish a crown colony in 1874 . The development of cocoa as an export crop brought prosperity to the country and made possible the expansion of European education there. The Gold Coast then became the leader in the nationalist movement in British African dependencies and gained its independence, as...

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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... The Republic of Ghana faces the Gulf of Guinea in W Africa. This hot country, N of the Equator, was formerly called the Gold Coast. Behind the thickly populated southern coastal plains, which are lined with lagoons, lies a plateau region in the SW. N Ghana is drained by the Black and White Volta rivers, which flow into Lake Volta, behind the Akosombo Dam and one of the world's largest artificially created lakes. Rainforests grow in the SW. To the N, the forests merge into savanna. More open grasslands dominate in the far N. Climate Ghana has a tropical...

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A Guide to Countries of the World (4 ed.)

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2016
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Encyclopedias, Geographical reference, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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..., who won nearly 54 per cent of the vote. The growth in oil production and oil prices have helped the economy recover and has made Ghana one of the fastest growing economies in the world. In 2019, the USA imposed some visa sanctions on Ghana in a dispute over the nationality of 7,000 Ghanaians that the USA wished to deport for immigration violations. See also Country data table http://www.ghana.gov.gh/ Government of Ghana official site http://www.ghanaiantimes.com.gh/ The Ghanaian Times online newspaper ...

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The Oxford Companion to British History (2 ed.)

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2015
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History, Regional and National History
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152 words

... . Formerly the Gold Coast, British west African colony and protectorate. British traders became interested in the Gold Coast in the second half of the 17th cent., attracted by the trade in gold and, increasingly, in slaves for the Americas. As the campaign against the slave trade strengthened in the 19th cent., British policy towards the Gold Coast vacillated until, in the face of competition from other European countries, it was decided to establish a crown colony in 1874 . Friction between the ethnic groups within the colony and those in the interior...

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A Dictionary of World History (3 ed.)

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2015
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...Burkina Faso on the north, and Togo on the east. Physical Ghana’s flat and sandy coast is backed by a rolling plain of scrub and grass, except in the west, where moderate rains produce thick forest. The forest extends northward to the Ashanti plateau, which produces cocoa and tropical hardwoods, as well as manganese, bauxite, and gold. Economy Offshore oil production began in 2010 and the industry is expanding rapidly; oil is now Ghana’s principal export. Other mineral extraction includes gold, manganese, diamonds, and bauxite; all are exported, as is...

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A Dictionary of Contemporary World History (5 ed.)

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Current Version:
2019
Subject:
History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
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...2016 elections, in which Mahama lost to Nana Akufo-Addo , who won nearly 54 per cent of the vote. The following year a border dispute with Côte d'Ivoire over offshore oil fields was resolved in Ghana’s favour and the continuing growth in oil production has made Ghana one of the fastest growing economies in the world. http://www.ghana.gov.gh/ Government of Ghana official site http://www.ghanaiantimes.com.gh/ The Ghanaian Times online newspaper...

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Encyclopedia of Africa

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies, History, Regional and National History
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...and Nigeria Government: Ghana is a Constitutional democracy. The executive branch is led by President John Evans Atta Mills. The legislative branch is the elected 200-seat National Assembly. Political parties in Ghana include the New Patriotic Party ( NPP ), the National Convention Party ( NCP ) and the Every Ghanian Living Everywhere Party ( EGLE ). Elizabeth Heath Bibliography Buah, F. K. A History of Ghana . Macmillan, 1998. Carmichael, John . African Eldorado: Gold Coast to Ghana . Duckworth, 1993. Lambert, Youry . Ghana: in Search of Stability,...

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Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

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2008
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History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
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1,428 words

...1983. A study of the sequences of civilian and military rule in Ghana in the post-Nkrumah era. Hill, Polly . The Migrant Cocoa-Farmers of Southern Ghana: A Study in Rural Capitalism . Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1963. A socioeconomic study of the expansion of the Ghanaian cocoa industry and its implications for Ghanaian society. Loxley, John . Ghana: The Long Road to Recovery, 1983–90 . Ottawa: North-South Institute, 1991. An in-depth macroeconomic treatment of Ghana's economic crisis and the implementation of the World Bank's...

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Akwasi P. Osei

The Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics

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2012
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Social sciences, Politics
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1,104 words

...continued stability and cemented Ghana's reputation as a bastion of good governance, ebullient press, high economic growth, and prudent management of resources. Hopes are high that Ghana will continue to enjoy continued stability, especially now that it has joined the world's oil producers. [ See also Nkrumah, Kwame ; and Socialism and Social Democracy .] Boahen, Adu . Ghana: Evolution and Change in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries . (London, 1975). Dickson, K. B. A Historical Geography of Ghana . (Cambridge, UK, 1969). Frimpong-Ansah...

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The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World (2 ed.)

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2004
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Social sciences, Politics
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1,010 words

...Democracy .) K.B. Dickson , A Historical Geography of Ghana (Cambridge, U.K., 1969). Geoffrey Kay , ed., The Political Economy of Colonialism in Ghana: A Collection of Documents and Statistics, 1900–1960 (Cambridge, U.K., 1972). Adu Boahen , Ghana: Evolution and Change in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (London, 1975). Rhoda Howard , Colonialism and Underdevelopment in Ghana (New York, 1978). J.H. Frimpong-Ansah , The Vampire State in Africa: The Political Economy of Decline in Ghana (Trenton, N.J., 1992). Akwasi P....

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The Oxford Companion to the English Language (2 ed.)

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2018

...Ghana . A country in West Africa and member of the commonwealth . Languages: English (official), west african pidgin english , and indigenous languages such as Ashanti, Ewe, Fanti, and Ga. The region was under British influence from 1874 until it became the first sub-Saharan nation to break free from colonial rule in 1957 . Present-day Ghana comprises the former British colonies of the Gold Coast and Ashanti , the protectorate of the Northern Territories , and the United Nations trusteeship of British Togoland . There is a cline of usage from...

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The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality

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2010
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...represent the Almighty God on earth. Compared with other West African countries, the proportion of Muslims in Ghana is low. Most of Ghana's Muslims are Sunnis, although there is a substantial group of Ahmadi Mission who are well established in Saltpond in southern Ghana. Apart from northern Ghana, the biggest concentration of Muslims is to be found in the two largest cities of Accra and Kumasi. In a recent study in an urban center in southern Ghana, it was observed that religion has no relationship with female sexual behavior in terms of number of sexual...

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
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4,357 words

...from other ethnic groups has become a model for district, regional, and national clubs. Kwame Nkrumah , Ghana's first president ( 1960–1966 ), discovered the appeal of drumming and dancing to Ghana's multicultural population. He saw in the dance, not only a general communicative device but also a means of creating mutual understanding among Ghana's various ethnic groups as well as creating a path toward one distinctive national identity. The opening of Ghana's parliament includes a traditional ceremony comparable to those used on the most important regal...

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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... The country has a population of about 19.3 million made up of peoples from around 44 different ethnic groups with individual languages. Of these, the most important are Akan, Ewe, Ga, Dagabani, Hausa Moshi, Nzima and Fanti. Because of its colonial history, English is Ghana's official language, although a significant proportion of the population can speak and understand Akan. Ghana was the first black African nation to emerge from colonial domination when it achieved independence from the UK in 1957 , with Dr Kwame Nkrumah as its first prime minister. In...

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The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Music of India

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... Vādya Sanskrit term for idiophones, such as cymbals, bells, etc. Related entry Musical Instruments, 4...

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