Agogo, Ghana

Agogo is a town in the Asante Akim North Municipal District of the Ashanti Region of Ghana.[2] Agogo is approximately 80 kilometers east of Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region, and had a population of 28,271 in the 2000 census. Computer projections estimate that the 2007 population was 32,859.

Agogo
Town
Agogo is located in Ashanti
Agogo
Agogo
Location of Agogo within Ashanti
Coordinates: 6°48′0″N 1°5′0″W / 6.80000°N 1.08333°W / 6.80000; -1.08333Coordinates: 6°48′0″N 1°5′0″W / 6.80000°N 1.08333°W / 6.80000; -1.08333
Sovereign state Ghana
Region Ashanti
MunicipalityAsante Akim Municipal
Elevation396 m (1,299 ft)
Population
 (2013)
 • Total36,797
 • Ethnicity
Ashanti people
 • Demonym
Agogoan
Time zoneGreenwich Mean Time
 • Summer (DST)GMT

HistoryEdit

Around the year 1500, the people of the Aduana clan in Asantemanso, who were originally from Esumegya, dispersed to settle in different parts of the country. One group settled at Nyanawase under Ansa Sasraku, but moved again after a series of wars with the Ashantis and the Gas. In the end they settled in Akwamu.

In or around the year 1600, three chiefs of the Aduana clan: Ofori Krobon of Agogo, Ntori Nimpa of Kwaman, and Effa Kai of Kumawu left Akwamu to join forces under the command of Ofori Krobon of Agogo with the intention of fighting and defeating Ataara Finam. He was the supreme ruler of the Afram plains at that time. This war lasted for almost three years. All the lands controlled by the vanquished Ataara Finam were annexed to the three stools[clarification needed] who were independent of each other. Because of this annexation, the three stools - Agogo, Kumawu and Kwaman - all controlled some of the most extensive land possessions in the Ashanti Union. Their lands extended to Akwamu, the Volta Region, Brong Ahafo and to parts of the Northern Region.

Meanwhile, the people of Agogo settled in Santenso, which is where the three-year war with Ataara Finam came to an end. Like all other Asante states, the people of Agogo had remained an independent entity until the need to form a union of states became apparent. The people of Agogo did directly participate in the Denkyira war in 1698, which concluded in the liberation of Asanteman[clarification needed] from Denkyira under Ashanti King Asantehene Osei Tutu I. However, they did contribute men and materials to support the Ashanti forces.

GeographyEdit

Agogo is located at 6.80004 (latitude in decimal degrees), -1.08193 (longitude in decimal degrees) at an elevation/altitude of 396 meters. The average elevation of Agogo in Asante Akim North Municipal is 396 meters.

CultureEdit

Agogo celebrates the Akogya Siakwan Festival, which is a festival of peace, thanksgiving, love and harmony among the communities, in recognition of their primordial selves. The people of Agogo have a strong sense of identity and associate the festival with their faith in Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

GovernmentEdit

Agogo is the capital of the Asante-Akim North District Assembly (AANDA) and is in the Asante-Akim North parliamentary constituency in Ashanti Region. Agogo is represented by Hon. Andy Appiah Kubi[3] as its Member of Parliament (MP). Andy Appiah Kubi has held this parliamentary position since January 7, 2017 and succeeded Hon. Kwadwo Baah Agyemang.

Nana Kwame Akuoko Sarpong is the paramount chief or Omanhene of the Agogo Traditional Area.[4]

AgricultureEdit

Farming is the main economic activity in Agogo, contributing about 70% of the town's economic output. The town is well noted for growing plantain, watermelon, and tomatoes.

EducationEdit

Agogo has a number of schools, including Junior High Schools, Senior Secondary Schools, and Tertiary Institutions.

Junior high schoolsEdit

  • APCE Demonstrations A, B & C Basic Schools
  • Agogo L/A 2 School
  • Agogo Methodist Primary/JHS
  • Ramseyer Preparatory School
  • Youth Institute of Science & Technology NGO School
  • Agogo presby Primary/JHS
  • St. Augustine R/C Primary/JHS
  • Ebenezer preparatory school
  • Brako preparatory school
  • Joy international school
  • Agogo L/A 6 JHS
  • Ahmaddiya Muslim Primary School
  • Agogo D/A Saviour Primary/JHS
  • Agogo Presbyterian Basic A, B & C Schools
  • Penticost D/A Primary/JHS
  • Islamic Basic School
  • Andrews Preparatory School
  • Kyei Preparatory School
  • St Anthony International School
  • Papa Agyei International School
  • Apostolic D/A Basic School
  • Blessed Kids Academy
  • Fountain Christian Academy

Senior high schoolsEdit

  • Agogo State Senior High School
  • Collins Senior High School

Tertiary institutionsEdit

TourismEdit

The town is noted for its uniquely hilly landscape, earning it the name "Naturally Walled Town." Agogo also boasts of waterfalls at Hwidiem and Onyemso.

SportsEdit

Sports plays a very important role in the lives of the people in Agogo. The key sporting events/activities in the town include, but not limited to football (Soccer), track and field events, table tennis, handball, basketball, volleyball and netball. Aside the usual tournaments organised among Junior High, Senior High, and Tertiary Institutions, there are other sporting events. Among them is the annual Asante Akim Marathon Challenge.

There are football clubs in Agogo. They include D.C United Agogo, and Pacific Heroes.

InstitutionsEdit

Agogo's Presbyterian Hospital, established 21 March 1931, is the oldest mission hospital in Ashanti and Ghana. Its Ophthalmology program serves patients from Ashanti, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, and Togo.[6]

There is a collaboration[clarification needed] with the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) in Kumasi, which is part of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi and associated with the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany.

The Asante-Akyem campus of Presbyterian University College is in Agogo, with a health and medical sciences department affiliated with the hospital.[7]

Agogo and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in partnership with Fort Lauderdale-based Citrix Systems and Sister Cities International, launched the prototype Cyber Sister Cities (CSC) program.[8]

Notable peopleEdit

Sister cityEdit

Agogo has a sister city:[13]

Sovereign state City State Date
  United States Fort Lauderdale, Florida Florida 2001 [14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Agogo, Ghana page". Falling Rain Genomics. Retrieved 24 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Asante Akim Central Municipal".
  3. ^ "Hon. Andy Appiah Kubi". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  4. ^ https://www.modernghana.com/news/365498/1/agogo-residents-want-nana-akuoko-sarpong-destooled.html
  5. ^ http://www.puc.edu.gh[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Agogo Presbyterian Hospital, Ghana". World Health Organization. Archived from the original on 15 June 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2007.
  7. ^ "Presbyterian University College". Presbyterian University College Foundation. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-24.
  8. ^ "Citrix Systems, Inc. to be honored at Sister Cities International Gala" (Press release). Sister Cities International. 10 July 2006. Archived from the original on 2 October 2006. Retrieved 24 June 2007.
  9. ^ a b http://www.ghanabase.com/oforiamponsah/biography.asp
  10. ^ http://www.ghanabase.com/news/2007/1173.asp
  11. ^ "Okuraseni Samuel Loses Father". 23 November 2014. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  12. ^ http://www.gbcghana.com/1.6382756
  13. ^ "Online Directory Ghana, Africa". Sister Cities International. Archived from the original on 21 September 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2007.
  14. ^ "2001 Sister City/Sister State Directory" (PDF). Florida Department of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 October 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2015.

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