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Ghana's Gold Coast, the Gold Coast is a former English colony which gave birth to the present state of Ghana. It was Kwamé Nkrumah, the president of the very first independent country in Black Africa who renamed the Gold Coast. The settlers had chosen this name because of the gold mines existing in large numbers in the country. This gold was until then mined by the Ashanti people who keep until today a tradition of gold jewelry; tradition spread among the neighboring Bron people. Pan-Africanist President Kwamé Nkrumah made his choice in memory of the name of the medieval empire, "the Empire of Ghana".
The Republic of Ghana is a small country in West Africa (area: 238,537 km²) landlocked between Côte d'Ivoire to the west, Togo to the east, Burkina to the north and the Gulf of Guinea South. The population is around 29,340,000, and the capital Accra. English is the official language, it is widely spoken by the population. Almost 40 languages and over 90 local dialects have been identified.
In general, the country is quite flat and low, with almost half of the territory less than 150 m above sea level. The highest point, Mount Afadjato, rises to 880 m near the Togolese border in the heart of the Akwapin-Togo chain.
Urbanization mainly concerns the coastal plain and culminates around Accra. An important network of communication routes has enabled the region between Accra and Koforidua to develop. The major communication axes form a triangle connecting Accra, Kumasi and Sekondi-Takoradi and join the North.
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