Location Map of Ghana

My three brothers and I were born in Ghana to a black American mother and Ghanaian father. I was eighteen when my father died of pancreatic cancer. Sometime thereafter, Mom decided to return to her native New York City with her four boys.

Lying just north of the Equator with the Greenwich Meridian running through Accra, Ghana is said to be located at the “center of the world.” The southernmost point of the country, Cape Three Points, is the closest area of land in the world to zero longitude and zero latitude.

The shore at Cape Three Points Village – the land “closest to nowhere”: zero latitude, zero longitude, zero sea level.

With its 25 million people, the country is the 47th largest in the world by population. It is the 81st largest country by area with 238,533 square kilometers (a little less than the state of Michigan). Formed from the merger of the British colony of the Gold Coast and the Togoland trust territory, Ghana in 1957 became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence.

Languages: English is the official language. Local languages include Akan, Ga, Ewe, Dagbani, Hausa.

Religion: Christian (70 percent), Muslim (about 30 percent). Traditional religions take a much smaller share. In 2012, Ghana was ranked by a number of criteria as the most religious country in the world.

Main exports: Cocoa, gold, timber, bauxite, crude oil, and natural gas.