Sister City Relationship Established 1995
Located in the rain forest region, Kumasi is the second largest city in Ghana with a population of over 1.5 million. Kumasi is approximately 300 miles north of the Equator. The majority of its residents are descendants of the Ashanti tribe.
Trade, commerce, farming and mining are the leading industries in the region. Ghana is one of the wealthier countries in Africa, with much of its wealth derived from substantial gold deposits and agricultural products. Cocoa and high-quality hardwood are other major exports of the Kumasi region.
The Ashanti region has been independent since 1875, though Ghana itself only declared independence in 1957. King Osei Tutu founded Kumasi in the early 19th century. The king named the city after the KUM tree, which he planted as a symbol of the Ashanti Empire's victory over the British. Currently, Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, the 16th monarch of the Ashanti kingdom, sits on the Golden Stool. He resides in Kumasi in the Manhyia Palace.
Although English is spoken widely throughout Ghana, Twi is the main language spoken in Kumasi. Before colonialism the Empire of Ashanti stretched from the Togolese Republic to the Ivory Coast but today it is only Kumasi that holds strong faith and takes much pride in its ancient Ashanti Empire roots.
Kumasi is predominantly Christian, but Christianity is often mixed with early African traditions. Religious services take place all day long on Sundays. Kente Cloth, a handmade textile woven in Kumasi, is a traditional form of clothing in Ghana. It is worn in special occasion such as weddings and ceremonies.
Soccer is very popular in Kumasi and many matches take place on a new soccer field built for the Africa Cup.
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Additional information on Kumasi:
Ghana Webs' About Kumasi Page