Be it a short flight or a long winding road trip or even a ferry ride on the central road any trip to the Central Region of Ghana is a life-changer. But why will anyone be visiting Central Region in the first place? Could it be on business or to tour the land since cape coast precisely has a lot of beautiful and serene tourist attractions , to trade or for pleasure- entertainment, sightseeing? It could just be out of simple curiosity.
Whatever, be the case, the Central Region is amazingly one of the untapped areas of Ghana yet with plenty of history. It has drones of potential. The stories told of the Central are grippy with listeners in constant calls for more. Even more captivating are the actual trips to the Central region.
The oldest town in Ghana is Cape Coast.
Amongst it fishing port,tourist sites and education, the capital of Central Region, Cape Coast is a Metropolitan District and Central of south Ghana. One of the country’s most historic cities, it is the location of Cape Coast Castle, a World Heritage Site, with the Gulf of Guinea situated to its south.
According to the 2010 census, Cape Coast had a settlement population of 169,894 people. The language of the people of Cape Coast is Fante.
The older traditional names of the city are Oguaa and Kotokuraba ,meaning “River of Crabs” or “Village of Crabs”. The Portuguese navigators João de Santarém and Pedro Escobar who sailed past Oguaa in 1471 designated the place Cabo Corso (meaning “short cape”), from which the name Cape Coast derives. From the 16th century until the country became the independent nation of Ghana in 1957, the city and fishing port changed hands between the British, the Portuguese, the Swedish, the Danish and the Dutch. It is home to 32 festivals.
Historically,Cape Coast was founded by the people of Oguaa and the region ruled over by the paramount chief, or Omanhene is known today as Oguaa Traditional Area.
Cape Coast is one of the most historical cities in Ghana.Portuguese colonists built a trading fort in the area. In 1650, the Swedes built a lodge that would later become the better known Cape Coast Castle, which is now a World Heritage Site. Most of the modern town expanded around it. The Dutch took it over in 1650 and expanded it in 1652. It was then captured by the British in 1664.
Trade was an important motivator in the creation of fortresses and settlements on Cape Coast. Traders from various European countries built these trading lodges, forts and castles along the coast of modern Ghana. Unfortunately, the acquisition of gold, slaves, honey, and the many other goods that composed the African leg of the Triangular Trade was increasingly detrimental to the inhabitants of Cape Coast.
In 1874, the British dominated all European presence along the coast of modern-day Ghana using Cape Coast as their base of operations, Gold Coast. With the establishment of formal colonial administration, they relocated to Accra following opposition to the “window tax” in 1877. Accra became their state. Cape Coast Castle was also where most of the slaves were held before their journey on the Middle Passage.
Not forgetting the high level of educational programs and facilities , education as the main aim of every Fante parents to educate their children
Cape Coast is the seat of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana’s leading university in teaching and research. Cape Vars, as it is popularly called, lies on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It also has one of the best Polytechnics in Cape Coast Polytechnic (C-POLY). Other institutions of higher education in the city worthy of note are Mfantsiman Institute of Technology (MIT) and Institute of Development and Technology Management (IDTM). The city also boasts some of Ghana’s finest secondary and technical schools:
- Wesley Girls’ High School
- St. Augustine College
- Holy Child High School, Ghana
- Mfantsipim School
- Adisadel College
- Aggrey Memorial Senior High School
- Ghana National College
- Edinaman Senior High School
- Cape Coast Technical Institute
- Asuansi Technical Institute
- Academy of Christ the King Senior High School
- Cape Coast International Senior High School
- University Practice Senior High School
- St. Nicholas Seminary Senior High School
- Efutu Senior High Technical School
- Sammo Senior High School
- Commercial Service Institute (CSI)
- Oguaa Senior High Technical School
When it comes to food, the people of Cape coast are obviously known for their Fante variety of foods.The Fante people of Ghana are notable for their way of cooking. They are known for eating rich cuisine, mostly with more fish, meat, or any form of protein than necessary. It is believed that this is because of the number of rivers and lakes situated in the town. The people are known for their expert fishing and fish preservation abilities. Some of the cuisines are fante fante, etew and pepper sauce or okro stew, fante kenkey, which can be eaten with soups, stewsor shito.
Attractions in Cape Coast
The main market of Cape Coast is called Kotokuraba Market.
Other attractions include a series of Asafo shrines, Cape Coast Centre for National Culture, the Oguaa Fetu Afahye festival (held on the first Saturday of September), and since 1992, the biennial Panafesttheatre festival. The city is located 30 km south of Kakum National Park, one of the most diverse and best preserved national parks in West Africa.
It is believed that Michelle Obama, US First Lady, considers Cape Coast as her ancestral home, and on 11 July 2009, she took the rest of the first familyto tour Cape Coast Castle as part of her husband’s trip to Cape Coast.
Cape Coast is beautiful place to be with the family.
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