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The Republic of Ghana. A story about Ghana and its people. Ghana is located on the gold coast of Africa and was o riginally colonized by the English. Because of this, Ghana’s culture has adopted many English aspects. . During English rule Ghana was a crown colony and

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The Republic of Ghana

A story about Ghana and its people


Ghana is located on the gold coast of Africa and was

originally colonized by the English. Because of this,

Ghana’s culture has adopted many English aspects.


During English rule Ghana was a crown colony and

was one of the major trading ports of Africa. Ghana

still relies on trade for most of their countries income.


In 1957 Ghana was the first Sub-Saharan

country to gain its independence.


Although some of Ghana’s land has rich gold and

jewel deposits, its main export is agriculture.

With over 66% of its population working in agriculture.


Ghana ranks 135 out of 187 countries on the

United Nations Development Programme's 2011

Human Development Index.


Although the south of Ghana has two growing

Seasons, most of the north is draught prone

and has no agricultural opportunities.


Due to Ghana’s high poverty rates many of the popular traditional games and sports played in Ghana require little equipment and require a high level of endurance such as soccer and Snake tag.


The two most popular sports in Ghana are Cricket

and Soccer, which both sprout from their

English colonization.


Soccer in Ghana is by far the most popular sport.

Ghana has won the African cup 4 times since there

first appearance in 1963. Possessing the second

most African Cup titles behind Egypt.


In 2010 Ghana was the third African team in history

to make it to the FIFA world cup quarter finals.

Ghana’s national team is currently ranked 22rd by FIFA.


Ghanaian soccer players play on teams around

the world and are known for their competitive,

aggressive, and active style of play.


A popular traditional Ghanaian game, is a

competitive tag game played by

all children, called Snake tag.


Both soccer and snake tag are team games best

played with large numbers. Both of these games also

require little equipment and require a high level of

endurance and foot eye coordination.


Due to the demanding agricultural jobs possessed

by many Ghanaians, physical endurance is a valuable

quality to have. Both soccer and snake tag are cheap

and fun ways to help build this skill.


Due to Ghana’s history of tribal

villages/communities this could also explain

the emphasis on team and group games/sports.


Snake tag also demonstrates the movement of snakes

and the importance to stay away from the snake’s mouth.

This is important because Ghana is home to 2 of the top

10 most poisonous snakes in the world and 6 of

the top ten most poisonous snakes in African


References

  • http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/history/

  • http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/soccer/

  • http://goafrica.about.com/od/africasafariguide/tp/Africansnakes.htm


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