Ashanti Region

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Sawah rice cultivation in inland valleys in Ashanti region, Ghana
Flag of Ashanti.svg
Location of Ashanti Region in Ghana
Country Ghana
Capital Kumasi
   Regional Minister Simon Osei-Mensah [1]
   Asantehene Osei Tutu II
  Total24,389 km2 (9,417 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 3rd
 (2010 Census) [3]
  Rank Ranked 1st
  Density200/km2 (510/sq mi)
  Per capita$5,150
GDP (Nominal)
  Per capita$2,500
Time zone GMT
Area code(s) 032
ISO 3166 code GH-AH
HDI (2017)Increase2.svg 0.602 [4]
medium · 3rd

The Ashanti Region is located in south Ghana and is third largest of 16 administrative regions (formerly 10), occupying a total land surface of 24,389 km2 (9,417 sq mi) or 10.2 per cent of the total land area of Ghana. In terms of population, however, it is the most populated region with a population of 4,780,380 according to the 2011 census, accounting for 19.4% of Ghana's total population. The Ashanti Region is known for its major gold bar and cocoa production. The largest city and regional capital is Kumasi.



Location and size

The Ashanti Region is centrally located in the middle belt of Ghana. It lies between longitudes 0.15W and 2.25W, and latitudes 5.50N and 7.46N. The region shares boundaries with six of the sixteen political regions, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions in the north, Eastern region in the east, Central region in the south and Western region in the South west. The region is divided into 27 districts, each headed by a District Chief Executive.



Recreation areas

Historic sites


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Young drummers at Bomeng.

Several festivals are celebrated in the region, the major ones being the Akwasidae and Adae Kese. These are religious festivals celebrated by some members of the Akan ethnic group of which the Ashanti belong. The festivals are celebrated to remember past leaders and heroes. Though they are dead, their spirits are believed to be alive and taking interest in the affairs of the living, watching their actions, and consulting with them during the Adae festival.

Other tourist attractions

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Farmers Day in Ashanti Region



The center of population of the Ashanti Region is located in the Kumasi Metropolitan District. According to the 2000 census, the region had a population of 3,612,950, making it the most populous region; however, its density (148.1 per square km) is lower than that of Central (162.2/km2) Region. [5] Majority of Ashanti region's population are Ethnic Akans and citizens by birth (94.2%) with five per cent naturalized Ghanaians. A smaller proportion (5.8%) of the population originate from outside Ashanti and Akanland or Ghana, made up of 3.7 per cent mainly from the five English-speaking countries of ECOWAS and 2.1 per cent from other African countries. The non-African population living in the region is 1.8 per cent of the total population. Akans are the predominant ethnic group in the region, representing 94.2% of citizens by birth. A high proportion (82.9%) of the Akan population is Ashanti. [6]


The Ashanti region is served by the Kumasi Airport, which handles domestic flights. Five national highways – N4, N6, N8, N10 and N6 – and a few regional highways such as the R52 and R106 serve the region.

The N6 connects Kumasi via Kwame Nkrumah Circle and through Nsawam and N4 to Accra. The region is also connected to the Central Region by the N8 and N10, both of which originate from Yemoransa in the Central Region. The N10, however, connects the regional capital of Kumasi.


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Anglican Secondary School, Kumasi

Senior high schools

  • Dadease Senior High School, Dadease
  • Akomadan Senior High School, Akomadan
  • Dompoase Senior High School, Dompoasi
  • Afia Kobi Ampem Girls (Royal AKAGSHS)
  • Adanwomase SENIOR High School (ADASS)
  • Agogo State College, Agogo Asante-Akyem
  • Agona SDA Senior High School, Agona
  • Anglican Senior High School, Kumasi
  • Asanteman School (Real Assas)
  • Bankoman Senior High School, Banko [7]
  • Osei Tutu Senior High School (OT)
  • Bekwai SDA Senior High School
  • Ghana Armed Forces Secondary Technical School, Kumasi
  • Beposo Senior High School, Beposo
  • Collins Secondary Commercial School, Agog o Asante-Akyem
  • Effiduase Senior High School, Effiduase
  • Ejisuman Senior High School, Ejisu
  • Ejuraman Senior High School, Ejura
  • Fomena T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School, Adansi Fomena
  • Jachie-Pramso Senior High School (Formerly MIGHTY JAPASS)
  • Komfo Anokye Senior High School, Wiamoase
  • Kumasi Academy, Asokore-Mampong, Kumasi
  • Kumasi Girls' Senior High School
  • Kumasi Wesley Girls High School
  • Kumasi High School
  • Obuasi Secondary Technical School (O.S.T.S)
  • Wesley Senior High School (WEHIS), Bekwai
  • Adventist Senior High School (ADASS), Bantama
  • Ofoase Kokoben Senior High School (OFKOSS)
  • Adventist Girls Senior High School (ADGISS), Ntonso
  • Opoku Ware Secondary School, Kumasi.
  • St. Louis Senior High School, Oduom
  • Nkawie Secondary Technical School.
  • Oppong Memorial Senior High School.
  • Osei Kyeretwie Senior High School, Kumasi.
  • Prempeh College, Kumasi.
  • Prince of Peace Girls Senior High School, South Suntreso, Kumasi.
  • Simms Senior High School, Fawoade
  • Bonwire Senior High Tech. School.
  • St Joseph Senior High School (Ehuren)
  • St. Monica's Senior High School, Mampong
  • Amaniampong Senior High School, Mampong
  • T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School, Kumasi
  • T.I. Ahmadiyya Girls' Senior High School, Asokore
  • Jacobu Senior High School, Jacobu
  • Juaben Senior High School, Juaben
  • Yaa Asantewaa Girls' Senior High School, Tanoso
  • Kumasi Senior High Technical School (K.S.T.S),
  • Tepa Senior High School, Tepa. (GREAT TESS).
  • Mabang Senior High School, Mabang.

•Aduman Senior High School,(Admass) Aduman

Higher education

The Ashanti region has three public universities. In addition, there are a number of private universities and university colleges spread throughout the region.

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Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology



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Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital


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Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi

Administrative divisions

The political administration of the region is through the local government system. Under this administration system, the region is divided into 43 districts made up of 1 Metropolitan, 18 Municipal and 24 Ordinary districts. [8] Each District, Municipal or Metropolitan Assembly, is administered by a Chief Executive, representing the central government but deriving authority from an Assembly headed by a presiding member elected from among the members themselves.

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Districts of the Ashanti Region
Districts in the Ashanti Region [9]
MMDA NameCapitalMMDA TypePopulation
Adansi Asokwa Adansi Asokwa Ordinary
Adansi North Fomena Ordinary235,680 (2000 census)
Adansi South New Edubiase Ordinary129,325 (2000 census)
Afigya-Kwabre North Boamang Ordinary
Afigya-Kwabre South Kodie Ordinary
Ahafo Ano North Tepa Municipal71,856 (2000 census)
Ahafo Ano South East Adugyama Ordinary
Ahafo Ano South West Mankranso Ordinary133,874 (2000 census)
Akrofuom Akrofuom Ordinary
Amansie Central Jacobu Ordinary219,508 (2000 census)
Amansie South Manso Adubia Ordinary
Amansie West Manso Nkwanta Ordinary108,768 (2000 census)
Asante Akim Central Konongo-Odumase Municipal71,508 (2010 census)
Asante Akim North Agogo Ordinary126,465 (2000 census)
Asante Akim South Juaso Municipal96,885 (2000 census)
Asokwa Asokwa Municipal
Asokore Mampong Asokore Mampong Municipal304,815 (2010 census)
Atwima Kwanwoma Twedie AKDAOrdinary234,759 (2000 census)
Atwima Mponua Nyinahin Ordinary
Atwima Nwabiagya Nkawie Municipal
Atwima Nwabiagya North Barekese Ordinary
Bekwai Municipal Bekwai Municipal
Bosome Freho Asiwa Ordinary
Bosomtwe Kuntenase Ordinary145,524 (2000 census)
Ejisu Ejisu Municipal124,179 (2000 census)
Ejura/Sekyedumase Ejura Municipal81,119 (2000 census)
Juaben Juaben Municipal
Kumasi Kumasi Metropolitan1,171,311 (2000 census)
Kwabre East Mamponteng Municipal164,668 (2000 census)
Kwadaso Kwadaso Municipal
Mampong Mampong Municipal
Obuasi Obuasi Municipal
Obuasi East Tutuka Ordinary
Offinso Offinso Municipal138,190 (2000 census)
Offinso North Akomadan Ordinary
Oforikrom Oforikrom Municipal
Old Tafo Tafo Municipal
Sekyere Afram Plains Drobonso Ordinary28,535 (2010 census)
Sekyere Central Nsuta Ordinary
Sekyere East Effiduase Ordinary157, 378
Sekyere Kumawu Kumawu Ordinary65,402 (2010 census)
Sekyere South Agona Ashanti Ordinary143,213
Suame Suame Municipal

AKDA - former capital was Foase

Famous native citizens

Famous native citizens of Ashanti
Mamme Efya Nyarko Ashanti, Ghana
Richmond Boakye Agogo
Deborah Owusu-Bonsu Pakyi no2
Chelsea Sarpong Ahenemaa Kokoben
Sulley Muntari Konongo
Sonia Ibrahim Kumasi
Emmanuel Frimpong Kumasi
Kofi Annan Kumasi
John Kufuor Kumasi
Isaac Vorsah Kumasi
Juliet Ibrahim Kumasi
Sam Jonah Obuasi
Rhian Benson Kumasi
Samuel Kuffour Kumasi
Tony Yeboah Kumasi
Kwadwo Asamoah Kumasi
Maxwell Konadu Kumasi
Harrison Afful Kumasi
Quincy Owusu-Abeyie Kumasi
Kevin-Prince Boateng Kumasi
Kofi Kingston Kumasi

General I. K Acheampong, former Head of State of Ghana, Taabuom, Atwima

General Akwasi Amankwaa Afrifa, former Head of state, Krobo, Asante-Mampong,

Dr. J.H. Frimpong-Ansah, former Governor of Bank of Ghana, Asante-Mampong,

Yaw Manu-Sarpong, former Deputy of Bank of Ghana, Asante-Nsuta

Joseph Yaw Manu, politician, Asante-Nsuta

Victor Owusu, former leader and Presidential candidate of the Popular Front Party, Asante-Agona

Professor Albert Adu Boahen, leader and Presidential candidate of the New patriotic Party and renowned historian, Asante-Juaben

Alhaji Ibrahim Kwabena Antwi, an academic and first librarian of University for Development Studies, Tamale, Asante-Nsuta,

Abdul Karim Tanko Razak, former best footballer of Africa, Kumasi

Samuel Opoku-Nti, footballer, kumasi,

Kwasi Appiah, footballer and coach of the Ghana National Football Team, the Black Stars, Asante-Bekwai,

Bishop Obinim, Christian occultist, Kumasi

Ohene Kakari, athlete, Kumasi,

Chelsea Sarpong,Business woman,kumasi,

Hannah Afriyie, athlete, Ejisu,

Emmanuel Tuffour (Koora) athlete, Kumasi,

Gerald Asamoa, footballer, Germany National Football Team, Asante-Mampong,

Maulvi Abdul Wahab Adam, Islamic cleric and scholar and former Head and Missionary-In-Charge of Ahmadiyya Movement in Ghana, Adansi-Fomena.

Kojo Safo Kantanka- Asante Bekwai,

Daddy Lumba, highlife musician -Asante Nsuta

Nana Ama McBrown Actress -Kumasi

Sam Otis Brefo Financial Consutant Nsuta/Abonkosu

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