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The Brong Ahafo Region

 

The Brong Ahafo Region
   
Let us welcome you to Brong Ahafo, the region at the heart of Ghana, with a multiplicity of ethnic groups, physical features, cultural practices that dates back into antiquity, tourist attractions opportunities for investment in all sectors of the economy especially tourism, and of an open, and warm-hearted people, ready to welcome you and make your stay in Brong Ahafo a memorable one.

Sunyani, the captail of the Brong Ahafo Region is linked to Accra by a first class road and is about seven hours drive between them, at a relatively regular pace. From Sunyani you may then begin your tour, which will take you to the major tourist attractions of Brong Ahafo.
 

History

Created on 4th April 1959 out of the then Western Ashanti, Brong Ahafo is the second largest region of Ghana in terms of landmass with a territorial size of 39,557,O8sq.kms.

Boundaries

The region is bordered on the north by the Northern Region, Ashanti and Western on the South, Eastern and Volta on the Southeast and east respectively, and the Republic of La Cote d'ivoire to the west.

Population

According to the 2000-population census, the Brong Ahafo region has a population of about 1,824,827 with an average growth rate of 3.1 % and an economically active part of 45% representing the 15-65 age bracket.

Climate The Region has a tropical climate with high temperatures of between 230C and 390C, enjoying however maximum rainfall of 450 in the northern parts to 650 in the south of the region.

Vegetation

There are two main types of vegetation namely the moist semi deciduous forest mostly in the southern and southeastern parts of the region, and the guinea savannah woodland predominantly in the Northeastern portion of the region.

Administrative Districts

Brong Ahafo has thirteen (13) administrative districts: Sunyani, Asutifi, Tano, Berekum, Dormaa Asunafo, Techiman, Wenchi, Sene, Nkoranza, Atebubu, Kintampo and Jaman.

Ethnic Groups

There are two main ethnic groups namely the Brongs and the Ahafos who are of the Akan stock. Minority groups are the Nafana of Sampa, Koulongo of Seikwa and Badu, the Mo/Degha of Mo, Libya of Banda as well as the Nchumuru of Atebubu and Sene. Akan is the lingua franca throughout the region.

Chieftaincy

There are forty-four Paramount chiefs and five Divisional Councils constituting the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs.

Transportation:

Road

The Region can boast of first class roads linking its major towns to the regional capital, Sunyani and the rest of the country.

Air

Sunyani has an airport, which connects the region by air to Kumasi, Accra and Takoradi. Air transportation is however irregular and is therefore unreliable. Lake Brong Ahafo has three in-land lake ports on its portion of the Volta Lake. These are Yeji, New Buipe and Yapei, which can all be reached from Akosombo using the Yapei Queen among others.

Telecommunications

There is an effective communication system in place with over 6,800 direct telephone lines linking most district capitals; radio phones are used in other districts. Mobile phones are also now in use.

Electricity

The thirteen (13) district capitals have been provided with electricity whose voltage is the same as the national one of 220 volts and of 3-pronged and 2-pronged out- lets.

Money Exchange

There are a few foreign exchange bureaux in most of the district capitals dealing in monetary transactions in cedis and selected foreign currencies.



     

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