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Accra, Ghana
Map of Ghana showing the location of Accra.
Map of Ghana showing the location of Accra.
Coordinates: 5°33′00″N 0°12′00″W / 5.55, -0.2
District of Ghana Accra Metropolis District
Government
 - Chief Executive Stanley N. A. Blankson
Area
 - City 185 km²  (71.4 sq mi)
 - Metro 200 km² (77.2 sq mi)
Elevation 61 m (200 ft)
Population (2005)
 - Urban 1,970,400
 - Metro 2,905,726
  estimated
Time zone GMT (UTC)
 - Summer (DST) Not used (UTC)
Website: www.ama.ghanadistricts.gov.gh

Accra, population 1,970,400 (2005), is the capital of Ghana. It is Ghana's largest city and its administrative, communications, and economic centre. The primary economic activities are financial and government services, communications, construction, transport and agriculture (particularly fishing). Over 70% of Ghana's manufacturing capacity is located within the capital area. [1] Accra is located at 5°30' North, 0°10' West (5.5, -0.1667). [2] and sits near the Greenwich Meridian in the Accra Metropolitan Area, in the Greater Accra Region. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (539x624, 190 KB) La bildo estas kopiita de wikipedia:de. ... Image File history File links LocationGhana. ... The Districts of Ghana were re-organized in 1988/1989 in an attempt to decentralize the government and to combat the rampant corruption amongst officials. ... The Accra Metropolis District is a district of Ghana in the Greater Accra Region. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... Cities with at least a million inhabitants in 2006 An urban area is an area with an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... “GMT” redirects here. ... ... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... ... Capital City is a 60-minute television show produced by Euston Films that ran for 13 episodes in 1989 on ITV. This drama focused on the lives of investment bankers in London living and working on the corporate trading floor for the fictional international bank Shane-Longman. ... The Accra Metropolis District is a district of Ghana in the Greater Accra Region. ... The Greater Accra Region is one of Ghanas tem administrative regions. ...


The city of Accra has been Ghana's capital since 1877, and contains fine public buildings reflecting its transition from a 19th century suburb of Victoriasborg to the modern metropolis it is today. Spreading along the Atlantic coast, the city is well endowed with luxury as well as great value hotels, excellent restaurants and nightclubs. A range of absorbing museums and fine public monuments, modern business and commercial areas, as well as busy markets and tree-lined residential suburbs, are ready to be explored.


Among the highlights of Accra are the National Museum, with its splendid display of exhibits that reflect the heritage of Ghana from prehistoric times to modern times, the National Theatre with its distinctive modern architecture, the Centre for National Culture, Independence Square, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, the Accra International Conference Centre, the fishing port at James Town and Makola Market. A national museum is a museum maintained by a nation. ... Several countries have a National Theatre. ... For the main square in Kiev made famous in the Orange Revolution see Maidan Nezalezhnosti For the square in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago see Independence Square (Port of Spain) For the park in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis see Independence Square (Basseterre) Independence Square in (Santos, Brazil) Categories... Accra International Conference Centre The Accra International Conference Centre is perhaps the most popular venue in Accra where large events are held. ...


The University of Ghana at Legon is just 14km north of Accra, and its distinctive buildings are set amongst elegant tree-lined gardens that are popular with students and visitors alike. The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of the five Ghanaian public universities. ...


Accra is also linked internationally by the Kotoka International Airport [3] Kotoka International Airport (IATA: ACC, ICAO: DGAA) in Accra, Ghana is the countrys most important international air facility. ...

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History of Accra

Accra was founded by the Ga people in the late 1600s. The word Accra is derived from the word Nkran meaning "ants" in their local language[citation needed], a reference to the numerous anthills seen in the countryside around Accra. During part of its history, Accra served as a centre for trade with the Portuguese, who built a fort in the town, followed by the Swedish, Dutch, French, British and Danish by the end of the seventeenth century. Postdlf 19:36, 18 Jun 2005 (UTC) Categories: Possible copyright violations ... Fortifications (Latin fortis, strong, and facere, to make) are military constructions designed for defensive warfare. ... (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ...


The site of present-day Accra developed into a sizable town around the original Ga town as well as British, Danish and Dutch forts and their surrounding communities: Jamestown near the British fort, Osu near the Danish Christianborg fort (now Osu Castle) and Ussherstown near the Dutch Ussher fort. The four areas form the core of the modern city. Postdlf 19:36, 18 Jun 2005 (UTC) Categories: Possible copyright violations ... Jamestown (or James Town) is a district in the city of Accra, Ghana. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


In 1877, at the end of the second Anglo-Asante War, Accra replaced Cape Coast as the capital of the British Gold Coast colony. After the completion of a railway to the mining and agricultural interior, Accra became the economic centre of Ghana. Large areas were destroyed by earthquakes in 1862 and 1939, but the city grew around a seaport (now relocated to Tema), and later a brewery, expanding into neighbouring towns. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Flag of Gold Coast Map from 1896 of the British Gold Coast Colony. ... An earthquake is the result of a sudden release of stored energy in the Earths crust that creates seismic waves. ... This article is about 1862 . ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Port. ... TEMA, or the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats (Türkiye Erozyonla Mücadele Ağaçlandirma in Turkish) is a non-governmental organization founded on 11 September 1992 by Turkish businessmen Hayrettin Karaca and Nihat Gökyiğit. ... The entrance of a brewery. ...


The Accra Riots in 1948 launched the Ghanaian campaign for independence, which led to the Ghana's independence from the United Kingdom and nationhood in 1957. The Accra Riots started February 29, 1948, when a peaceful demonstration to the Governor-Generals was broken up by the police. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ...


Today, Accra is one of the wealthiest and most modern cities in the African continent, with a high quality of living by African standards. Accra is also known as having one of the continent's most active night life. A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ...


Attractions in Accra

Accra is home to the National Museum of Ghana, the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Archives of Ghana, and Ghana's central library. Also of note is Christianborg or Osu Castle -- the residence of president J.A. Kufour, built by the Danes in the 17th century, the National Theatre, Accra Centre for National Culture, a lighthouse, the Ohene Djan Stadium, the Accra International Conference Centre, the W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture and several beaches. Near the Parliament of Ghana is the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence in ICT. The National Museum in Accra is the largest and oldest of the six museums under the administration of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board. ... A contemporary drawing of the Danish colonial fort, Fort Christiansborg, now Osu Castle. ... (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ... The National Theater was built by a Chinese contractor as part of an effort to increase patronage of the performing arts in Ghana. ... Eddystone Lighthouse, one of the first wavewashed lighthouses For other uses, see Lighthouse (disambiguation). ... Originally the Accra Sports stadium, renamed after Ohene Djan, the first Director of Sports in Independent Ghana, in 2004, Ohene Djan Stadium is a multi-use, 40,000 all-seater stadium in Accra, Ghana. ... Accra International Conference Centre The Accra International Conference Centre is perhaps the most popular venue in Accra where large events are held. ... W. E. B. Du Bois William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (pronounced ) (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was a civil rights activist, sociologist, educator, historian, writer, editor, poet, and scholar, and socialist. ... For other uses, see Beach (disambiguation). ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial is located in downtown Accra. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Education

On Accra's outskirts are Achimota Secondary School which was founded in 1924 and opened in 1927, and Presby Boys' Secondary School and some of the country's leading secondary schools and, 13km north at Legon, the University of Ghana. In Cantonments, you'll find Ghana International School (GIS), a private non-profit A- Level school founded in 1955 for children from ages 3-18. Abelemkpe is the home of Lincoln Community School, Accra Ghana (LCS). LCS is also a private, non-profit International Baccalaureate school for students aged 3-18, and was established in 1968. The Defence Commission of the Organization of African Unity has its headquarters in Accra. The Achimota School, popularly known as Motown, is a secondary school in Ghana, established in 1927. ... The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of the five Ghanaian public universities. ... This page has been in existence since Nov, 2006 LINCOLN COMMUNITY SCHOOL [1] is a private school in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. ... Flag of the Organisation of African Unity, later also used by the African Union. ...


Transport

Accra is a major transport hub, home to the Kotoka International Airport and lies on railway lines to Tema, Takoradi and Kumasi. The main harbour city, Tema is connected through one of Ghana's highways. Kotoka International Airport (IATA: ACC, ICAO: DGAA) in Accra, Ghana is the countrys most important international air facility. ... TEMA, or the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats (Türkiye Erozyonla Mücadele AÄŸaçlandirma in Turkish) is a non-governmental organization founded on 11 September 1992 by Turkish businessmen Hayrettin Karaca and Nihat GökyiÄŸit. ... Sekondi-Takoradi, population 93,822 (1984), is the capital of the Western Region of Ghana. ... Kumasi is the capital city of the Ashanti region of Ghana. ...


Public transit in the city is provided by a mix of privately owned Mini-buses (known as Tro-Tros), taxis and buses. Tro-Tros are usually converted Mini-buses that run a regular, well-known route. They are cheap and frequent but often in poor repair and over-crowded. Some taxis also run regular routes, which cost more but provide for a more comfortable ride. Recently in 2002, the city introduced metro bus services, which were initially met with scepticism by commuters, but have increased in popularity.


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Accra - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (733 words)
Accra, population 1,970,400 (2005), is the capital of Ghana.
Accra is home to the National Museum of Ghana, the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Archives of Ghana, and Ghana's central library.
On Accra's outskirts are Achimota Secondary School which was founded in 1924 and opened in 1927, and Presby Boys' Secondary School and some of the country's leading secondary schools and, 13km north at Legon, the University of Ghana.
Urban Cultivation in Accra (7496 words)
Exotic vegetables and ornamental crops from Europe were purposely grown to feed the European settlers and to beautify their residences; the cultivation of vegetables was confined to the residences of European civil servants and merchants and the castles and forts which served as both the seat of government and the homes of the colonial administrators.
Kufogbe notes that urban sprawl in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area is having a considerable impact on contiguous peri-urban areas, resulting in the conversion of agricultural land to residential uses, and suggests the urgent need to institute stringent measures to protect peri-urban agricultural land (Kufogbe (1996)).
Accra generates between 700 and 800 tons of municipal solid waste daily, and out of this 540 tons is organic and can be recycled into agriculture in the form of compost (Asomani-Boateng (1999)) collecting and disposing of these wastes constitute a critical problem facing city authorities.
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