Paga

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Paga
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Paga
Location of Paga in Upper East region
Coordinates: 10°59′32″N01°06′48″W / 10.99222°N 1.11333°W / 10.99222; -1.11333 Coordinates: 10°59′32″N01°06′48″W / 10.99222°N 1.11333°W / 10.99222; -1.11333
Region Upper East Region
District Kassena Nankana West District
Elevation
690 ft (210 m)
Population
 (2013)[ citation needed ]
  Total102
Time zone GMT
  Summer (DST) GMT

Paga is a small town in Upper East Region of Ghana, lying north of Bolgatanga. Paga is the capital of Kassena Nankana West District, a district in the Upper East Region in the northern part of Ghana. [1] The town is located on the border of Burkina Faso and is 166 km south of Ouagadougou via the N5 highway, the main road linking Ghana and Burkina Faso. Majority of the people of Paga are kassena by tribe.

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Overview

Paga is known for its sacred crocodile ponds, [2] where most visitors are surprised that they can touch a live crocodile. [3] Paga is a small town in the Upper East Region, and has a population of about 10,000.[ citation needed ] However, the entire population of Paga – including its outskirts – is over 100,000.[ citation needed ] Most of the inhabitants are farmers of the Kassena ethnic group, whose settlements and familial ties stretch over the colonial borders of Ghana into what is now Burkina Faso. The idea of different nationalities mean little to these people, who see their shared ancestry and ethnicity before what is the recent concept of nationality or religion. Many Kassenas in this small town Paga are multilingual, speaking their native Kasem and English among other languages.

Foundation

According to legend, Paga was founded c. 1400 by a young man named Naveh, who was saved by a crocodile while on a hunting expedition.[ citation needed ] He then left his village and settled in the place which is now Paga. The founder of the town, Naveh, when searching for a desirable place to settle, exclaimed 'Ayipaga' which means 'My eye is fixed on this land'. The place came to be called by that name, which in due course was shortened to 'Paga'. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 Kassena Nankana West District Archived 2013-06-14 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Paga Crocodile Pond". Ghana50. Archived from the original on 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
  3. "Paga Historic Sites". Ghana Expeditions. 2007-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-21.