A journey of discovery in Ghana
“While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man.”
Ghana is a country on the verge of historic change. The maturing of its democratic government, privatization of markets, and increasing development of homegrown solutions and ventures are all beginning to turn the tide in the nation's development. Ashesi's Study Abroad program will give you the opportunity to explore the history, politics, art and culture of Ghana - and to embark on your own journey of discovery in Africa.
Formerly known as the Gold Coast, Ghana was the first Sub-Saharan African country to gain independence from colonial powers in 1957. In 2000, the peaceful transition of government to an opposition party through free, democratic elections underscored Ghana's symbolic stature as a pioneering African nation.
Ghana's population of approximately 20 million consists of over 50 different ethnic groups speaking various languages and dialects. Despite its great cultural diversity, Ghana has avoided any major ethnic conflicts throughout its history as an independent nation. While English is the official language, the major dialects of Twi, Ga, Fanti, Ewe, and Hausa are prevalent. The country's rich cultural heritage continues to thrive today in communities of traditional and modern dancers, musicians, and artisans, as well as the daily lives of Ghanaian villagers and urbanites alike.
You will never run out of places to see in Ghana. The beautiful landscape is endowed with breathtaking attractions like the beautiful beaches, waterfalls, Nzulezu (village on stilts) and the monkey sanctuary. The relaxing Aburi botanical gardens a sanctuary from the busy Accra life, located a few kilometers from Ashesi university brings you as close to nature as possible. For the adventurous ones, a walk on the Kakum Canopy walk, paragliding, safari and mountain climbing on the Afadjato mountain will surely get your adrenalin rising. World heritage sites such as the Cape coast castle and other historical and cultural sites like the Pikoro slave camp and the Manhyia Palace offer priceless lessons on the historical and cultural evolution of Ghana.