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Accra was the colonial capital for the British, and the modern day capitol of Ghana naturally arose from the colonial roots. However, prior to this time, Kumasi was the capitol for the very powerful Ashanti tribe, the last to hold out against the British. Even then, the city was a gold and timber center that dominated the economies of the tribes around it. The city is known as the "garden city" as it is well spread out over a number of hills and valleys, with much vegetation filling in between. Today, the city has perhaps upwards of a million residents within it's metropolitan area. The center of the city is quite hilly, and it was here that we arrived from Cape Coast by tro-tro at about 8pm. There is a busy open air marketplace right adjacent to the central bus terminal where I spent half a day roaming around and taking photos of the very colorful and beautiful people here.
Because Kumasi was also a spiritual center of sorts for the Ashanti, the Methodists, Presbyterians, and Catholics were Christian denominations with early missionary activity in Kumasi, and these churches are well represented in Kumasi today. Kumasi, like Ghana in general is heavily Christian today, with a substantial number of Muslim followers. This produces some stratification of the people in Ghana, with the Muslims more likely to be among the poor residents of Kumasi.
Almost anyone traveling between north and south of Ghana must come through Kumasi. This city has a large stadium, and since the city is close to the geographical center of the country, club competitions also center here. Soccer players from Ghana are very talented, and eventually, Ghana will win the World Cup, no doubt.
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