Western Region of Ghana includes the large cities of
Sekondi and Takoradi on the coast, coastal Axim and Busua
and a hilly inland
area including Elubo, that reaches from the Côte
d'Ivoire border in the west, to the Central Region in
the east. It
includes Ghana's southernmost location, Cape Three Points.
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The region has the highest rainfall in Ghana, lush green hills
and fertile soils. There are numerous small and large-scale
gold mines. The culture is dominated by the Nzema, Wassa, Sefwi,
Ahanta branches of the Akan culture, and the main languages
are Fante, Wassa, Sefwi, Ahanta, Nzema and English. The religions
are predominantly Christian and traditional fetish priest cults.
The founder of modern independent Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah was
born (and later temporarily buried) in the village of Nkroful,
west of Axim where he once taught school in the 1930's.
The largest rivers are the Ankobra River, The Bia River, the
Pra River in the east and the Tano River partly forming the
western national border. The area is known for the village
of Nzulezo built entirely on stilts and platforms over water,
and the Ankasa Protected Area. There is a series of imposing
Portuguese, Dutch, British, and Brandenburgian forts along
the coast, built from 1512 on.The Region has a lot of post-secondary schools, they include
Teacher and Nursing colleges, Polytechnics and a university
at Tarkwa, the University of Mines and Technology.