My beautiful country Ghana is located in West Africa. It is bordered by Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, Gulf of Guinea to the south and Ivory Coast to the west. The capital of Ghana is Accra which is where I grew up. Our official language is English but we have other local languages, the most popular ones being Twi and Ga. The official currency in Ghana is the Ghana cedi. In the 2010 census, the estimated population of Ghana was 24.2million.
Ghana is divided into 10 administrative regions:
Ashanti, capital Kumasi
Brong Ahafo, capital Sunyani
Central, capital Cape Coast
Eastern, capital Koforidua
Greater Accra, capital Accra
Northern, capital Tamale
Upper East, capital Bolgatanga
Upper West, capital Wa
Volta, capital Ho
Western, capital Sekondi-Takoradi
The Ghanaian flag consists of three colours - red, gold and green, with a black star in the middle. This became the country's official flag in 1957 after Ghana gained its independence. The red represents the blood that was shed towards independence, the gold represents the mineral wealth of Ghana, the green symbolises the rich agriculture, and the black star is the symbol of African emancipation and unity in the struggle against colonialism.
Football is very popular in Ghana and a lot of young boys have big dreams of playing football in the big leagues in Europe. We have had a lot of great and inspirational footballers to look up to including Abedi 'Pele' Ayew, Sammy Kuffour, Anthony Baffoe, Anthony Yeboah to mention a few. We also have some current role models which include Michael Essien and the inspirational former captain of our national team, Stephen Appiah.
God bless our homeland Ghana
And make our nation great and strong,
Bold to defend forever
The cause of Freedom and of Right;
Fill our hearts with true humility,
Make us cherish fearless honesty,
And help us to resist oppressors' rule
With all our will and might for evermore.