The University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media’s next trip to Africa will be to the country of Ghana.
Here are 10 facts about Ghana from the Touring Ghana website.
1. The year 2019 is known as The Year of Return. It is about Emancipation Day, which will mark 400 years of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. It has been specifically designated to encourage those with African roots to return to Ghana and invest in the country.
2. Akwaaba is an expression you will hear many times as you travel around Ghana. It means It means “Welcome!”
3. Ghana is sometimes called the Land of Sunshine and its features include beaches and wildlife parks.
4. The Republic of Ghana is named after the medieval Ghana Empire of West Africa. The actual name of the Empire was Wagadugu. Ghana was the title of the kings who ruled the kingdom.
5. Before March 1957, Ghana was called the Gold Coast. According to the website, the Portuguese who came to Ghana in the 15th century found so much gold between the rivers Ankobra and the Volta, they named it Mina – meaning Mine. English colonizers later called it the Gold Coast.
6. Similarily, the French, equally impressed by the trinkets worn by the coastal people, named The Ivory Coast, Cote d’Ivoire, the website reports.
7. A common feature of all Ghanaian cultures is the love of festivals. There is one almost every week in one of the towns or villages.
8. In recent years, Ghana has emerged as a pioneer in the field of community-based ecotourism. The Boabeng-Fiem Monkey Santuary and Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary are two places that draw visitors.
9. Ghana is also loved by bird-watchers because around 725 species of bird have been recorded.
10. The village of Cape Three Points is the southernmost community in Ghana, and some say its beach is one of the most beautiful. It is surrounded by Ghana’s only coastal rainforest reserve.