The word Ghana means “Warrior King” and was the title accorded to the kings of the medieval Ghana Empire in West Africa. Prior to colonialism the actual name for present Ghana is still not known. Major parts of the territory were controlled by Ashanti Region.
Ghana formerly known as Gold Coast was changed to Ghana after independence by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Dr. J. B. Danquah. The name Ghana was then adopted, However some people still believe G.H.A.N.A means God Has Appointed Nkrumah Already or for Africa.
The is a believe that Ghanaians descended from North-West . Some believe that Ghana is a compound word [Ga-na] which means ‘warrior king’ which is a word derived from Ouagadougou. This will mean that Ghanaians are originally from Burkina Faso… there are huge similarities in culture, history, language.
Ghana is the 82nd largest country in the world and 33rd largest country on continental Africa by land mass.
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