Ghana's Colonial Past and Most Loved Cocoa
Nestled between the surreal environs of Cote d'Ivoire and Togo is the Republic of Ghana, a western African nation that is renowned for its cocoa. A former British colony, the nation gained its independence in 1957. Ghana's emancipation earned it the distinction of being the first African nation to gain independence from colonial power. Prior to colonial occupation, Ghana was a flourishing territory that belonged to the mighty Ashanti Empire that comprised of the Akan people. The first wave of European invasion began in the 15th century, with the onset of the Portuguese who laid siege to the gold mines and began to illicitly engage in the heinous practice of slave trading. The nation's abundant resources coupled with its poor defenses invited the greed of other European marauders including the Dutch, Spanish, Swedes and the British. What followed was a bloody territorial dispute between these nations, which carried on unabated for decades. Then, in 1947, a revolt spearheaded by the United Gold Coast Convention successfully ousted the British, resulting in the nation being declared "free forever" a decade later. The acrylic fridge magnet depicts a sunny day on the quaint streets of Ghana, making it a prized holiday souvenir to treasure.
Interesting Facts about Ghana
The bustling capital of Accra is also Ghana's entertainment capital that is pulsating with swank nightclubs, hotels and restaurants. The country is also home to some of the finest beaches in the continent and is equipped with water sport facilities such as surfing, parasailing, etc. The former slave ports of Cape Coast Castle and Elmina stand as a sordid reminder of European slavery and are now popular tourist attractions. Ghana is also the second largest producer of the finest cocoa in the world, a fact often endorsed by popular chocolate brands such as Bourneville.