Upper West Region

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Upper West Region
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Location of Upper West Region in Ghana
Country Ghana
Capital Wa
Districts11
Government
   Regional Minister Hafiz Bin Salih [1] [2]
Area
[3]
  Total18,476 km2 (7,134 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 7th
Population
 (2020) [4]
  Total868,479
  Density47/km2 (120/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-UW
HDI (2017)0.518 [5]
low · 9th

The Upper West Region of Ghana is located in the north-western corner of Ghana [6] and is bordered by Upper East region to the east, Northern region to the south, and Burkina Faso to the west and north. The Upper West regional capital and largest settlement is Wa. Upper West is the youngest region, created in Ghana by the then Head of State, Flight-Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings in 1983 under the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC). The area was carved out of the former Upper Region, which is now the Upper East Region.

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Geography and climate

Location and size

The Upper West Region is one of the 16 regions of Ghana. It is located at the North Western corner of Ghana with latitude 9.8°- 11.O° North and longitude 1.6°- 3.0 West, bounded to Burkina Faso to the North. It covers a geographical area of 18,476 square kilometers, representing 12.7% of the total land area of Ghana. The northern Ghana-Burkina Faso is bordered on the east by the Upper East region and Northern regions, on the south by the Northern region, on the west by western Ghana-Burkina Faso, and the Upper West region on the north. It is the seventh largest region in Ghana in total area, and it is made up of 11 districts. By virtue of its location, the Upper West Region has the potential for international and inter-regional trade and other bi-lateral relations, but the overspill of criminal activities and disaster, such as bush fires, diseases and pestilence, armed robbery etc., from the region's neighbors also pose a threat. [7]

Tourism

The Wechiau Hippopotamus Sanctuary is located southwest of Wa, along the Black Volta River in the Wa West District. The Gwollu Wall in the Sissala District serves as the hometown of one of Ghana's past presidents - Dr. Hilla Limann. [8]

Cuisine

A distinctive meal in the upper west region is sawu (touzafe T Z)

Economy

The major economic activity of the Upper West Region is agriculture. Crops grown include corn, millet, peanuts, okra, shea tree, and rice. Sheep, goats, chickens, pigs and guinea fowl are raised for meat and eggs. Because the region's dry season is long, extending roughly from October to May, many people leave the region to work in the southern part of Ghana for at least part of the year.

Sports

Schools

Districts

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Districts of the Upper West Region

The Upper West Region of Ghana contains 11 districts consisting of 5 municipal and 6 ordinary districts as follows: [9]

Districts in Upper West Region
#DistrictCapitalPopulation
1 Daffiama Bussie Issa Issa
2 Jirapa Municipal Jirapa
3 Lambussie Karni Lambussie
4 Lawra Lawra
5 Nadowli-Kaleo Nadowli
6 Nandom Nandom
7 Sissala East Tumu
8 Sissala West Gwollu
9 Wa East Funsi
10 Wa Municipal [10] Wa
11 Wa West Wechiau
Total


Notable natives of Upper West Region

Prominent and famous citizens of Upper West Region include:

Festivals of the Upper West Region

Festivals that take place in the Upper West Region include: [11]

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References

  1. http://www.ghana.gov.gh/index.php/governance/regional-ministers
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Coordinates: 10°20′N2°15′W / 10.333°N 2.250°W / 10.333; -2.250