Since becoming the first sub-Saharan African nation to gain independence, Ghana has gone from strength to strength and today stands as one of the most developed nations in west Africa. Ghana has been able to develop its economy and infrastructure while preserving its rich and diverse variety of cultures. If you travel from its beautiful beaches, spread along the coast, to Ghana’s lively, vibrant cities, and then up to the mysterious grasslands and forests in the north, it is sometimes hard to believe that you are still in the same country.
The unique Ghanaian culture is a combination of practices, traditions and beliefs from the country’s different ethnic groups, of which there are more than one hundred. The capital city, Accra, is home to the University of Ghana, which is arguably the country’s leading educational institution. Another leading university is the University of Cape Coast, which shares the town of Cape Coast with a number of coastal forts that were used for slave trading during the colonial era, a reminder of Ghana's history.
Famous Ghanaians include former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former prime minister Kwame Nkrumah and boxer Azumah Nelson.