About The Republic of Ghana
The Republic of Ghana is named after the medieval West African Ghana Empire. The Empire became known in Europe and Arabia as the Ghana Empire by the title of its emperor, the Ghana. The Empire appears to have broken up following the 1076 conquest by the Almoravid General Abu-Bakr Ibn-Umar.
Geographically, the ancient Ghana Empire was approximately 500 miles (800 km) north and west of the modern state of Ghana, and controlled territories in the area of the Sénégal River and east towards the Niger rivers, in modern Senegal, Mauritania and Mali. Ghana was the first black African country to become independent.
Ghana currently enjoys an expanding and vibrant economy built on gold and other precious minerals, cocoa, timber and tourism. Ghana is also rapidly developing an economy and infrastructure that should see her join the newly-industrialized economies shortly.
Ghana is now an oil-producing and exporting country. Ghana’s greatest asset is its people who are renowned the world over for their warmth, cheerfulness, and hospitality.
Other Facts, Statistics & Tourism
For facts and statistics about Ghana, please visit the Government of Ghana website or the Wikipedia page. You can also find more information on tourism in Ghana on the Ministry of Tourism or Ghana Tourism Authority website.