Upper East Region

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Location of Upper East Region in Ghana
Country Ghana
Capital Bolgatanga
Districts10
Government
   Regional Minister Paulina Abayage [1]
Area
[2]
  Total8,842 km2 (3,414 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 9th
Population
 (2010 Census) [3]
  Total1,046,545
  Rank Ranked 9th
  Density120/km2 (310/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)
  Year2013
  Per capita$5,150
GDP (Nominal)
  Year2013
  Per capita$2,500
Time zone GMT
Area code(s) 039
ISO 3166 code GH-UE
HDI (2017)0.520 [4]
low · 8th

The Upper East Region is located in north Ghana and is the second smallest of 10 now 16 administrative regions in Ghana, occupying a total land surface of 8,842 square kilometers or 2.7 per cent of the total land area of Ghana. The Upper East regional capital is Bolgatanga, sometimes referred to as Bolga. Other major towns in the region include Navrongo, Paga, Bawku and Zebilla.

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Geography

Location and size

The Upper East region is located in the north-eastern corner of Ghana and bordered by Burkina Faso to the north and Togo to the east. It lies between longitude 0° and 1° West, and latitudes 10° 30′N and 11°N. The region shares boundaries with Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, Upper West Region to the west, and the Northern Region to the south. The Upper East region is divided into 15 districts, each headed by a district chief executive.

Tourism

Parks

Recreation areas

Historic sites

Festivals

The region plays host to many festivals throughout the year, most of which are either to bring a good planting season or celebrate the harvest.

Other tourist attractions

Demographics

Population

The center of population of the Upper East Region is located in its capital of Bolgatanga.

The population is primarily rural (79%) and scattered in dispersed settlements. The rural population was 87.1 percent in 1984 and 84.3% in 2000. There was, thus, a 2.8 percentage point reduction in the rural share of the population between 1984 and 2000 and a further 5.3 percent reduction between 2000 and 2010. [3]

With only 21 per cent of the population living in urban areas, the region is the least urbanized in Ghana. In fact, together with Upper West, they are the two regions with a less than 20 per cent urban population.

Ghanaian citizen by birth, childhood or parenthood constitute 92.5 percent of the population of the Upper East region. Naturalized Ghanaian citizen constitute 5.3 percent.

Transportation

Three national highwaysN2, N10, and N11 – and a few Regional highways such as the R113, R114, R116 and R181, serve the region.

The N10 originates from Yemoransa in the Central Region and connects through Kumasi in the Ashanti Region and terminates at Paga in the Upper East Region. The national capital of Accra is also connected to the region by the N2 which terminates in Kulungugu in the Upper East Region. Both these national routes are connected by the N11 which links the regional capital of Bolgatanga to Bimpiela, also in the region.

Districts

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Old Map of the Districts of the Upper East Region (2016)

The Upper East Region of Ghana contains 15 districts made up of 2 municipal and 13 ordinary districts as follows: [7]

Districts in Upper East Region [8]
#DistrictCapitalPopulation
1 Bawku Municipal Bawku
2 Bawku West Zebilla
3 Binduri Binduri [9]
4 Bolgatanga Municipal Bolgatanga
5 Bongo Bongo
6 Builsa North Sandema
7 Builsa South Fumbisi [10]
8 Garu Garu
9 Kassena Nankana East Navrongo
10 Kassena Nankana West Paga
11 Nabdam Nangodi, Ghana
12 Pusiga Pusiga [11]
13 Talensi Tongo
14 Bolgatanga East District Zuarungu
15 Tempane District Tempane

Education

Secondary Schools

Tertiary Institutions 1). Bolgatanga Technical University 2). St. John Bosco's College of Education 3). Gbewaa College of Education, Pusiga 4). UDS (University for Applied Science & Technology), Navrongo

Notable native citizens

Notable native citizens of Upper East region
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1 Joseph Kofi Adda Navrongo
2 Roland Agambire Sirigu
3 Roger A. Agana Soe
4David AtangaNamoo
5 Adam Kwarasey Navrongo
6 Abedi Pele Paga
7 Psalm 1, the Christ Junkie Navrongo
8 Mark Woyongo Navrongo
9 Hawa Yakubu Kulungungu
10 Paul Asikisimi Sandema
11 Sephen M. D. Yakubu Binduri
12 Ajene Robert Bolgatanga
13 Abongo Mashood Jacob Bolgatanga
14 Dennis Tibil Bersong Baare
15 Adabere Adabre Donald Bolgatanga
16 Abugri Osman Bright Zebilla

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Bolgatanga Town in Upper East Region, Ghana

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Bawku Town & District Capital in Upper East Region

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Bawku Municipal District Municipal District in Upper East Region

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Bawku West District District in Upper East Region

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Binduri District is one of the fifteen districts in Upper East Region, Ghana. Originally it was formerly part of the then-larger Bawku Municipal District in 1988; until two parts of the district were later split off to create Binduri District and Pusiga District respectively on 28 June 2012. The district assembly is located in the eastern part of Upper East Region and has Binduri as its capital town.

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