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Ghana, officially the Republic of Ghana, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Ivory Coast to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The word Ghana means “Warrior Kingand is derived from the ancient Ghana Empire.
Ghana is only a few degrees north of the equator; the only seasonal changes are distinct wet and dry seasons. The dry season is in December-February, when day temperatures are in the 80s-90s F/27-36 C and nights in the 70s F/18-26 C. (Another dry season occurs in July and August, but it’s hotter.) A dry northeast wind known as the harmattan blows almost continuously in January and February. The eastern coastal belt is warm and comparatively dry; the southwest corner has the highest humidity and rainfall, while the north is frequently hot and dry.
English is Ghana’s official language and predominates in government and business affairs. It is also the standard language used for educational instruction. The largest native language spoken is Akan, which is spoken by 80% of Ghana’s population. Languages of Ghana are divided into six families of the Niger–Congo languages. The Kwa family include, Akan spoken in Akanland and is spoken by 80% of the country’s population. Ga–Dangme is spoken in Greater Accra. The Gbe languages, once included in Kwa, are represented by Ewe, spoken in the Volta region. The Gur family includes Dagomba, Dagaare, and Kasem, and are found predominantly in Upper West region, Upper East region, and Northern region of Ghana. Nine languages have the status of government-sponsored languages: Akan spoken in Akanland, Ga and Dangme spoken in Greater Accra, Dagomba and Gonja spoken in Northern region, Ewe spoken in Volta region, Dagaare spoken in Upper West region, Kasem spoken in Upper East region, and Nzema