Agogo is a town in the Asante Akim North Municipal District of the Ashanti Region of Ghana. 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.
|Municipality||Asante Akim Municipal|
|Elevation||396 m (1,299 ft)|
|• Ethnicity||Ashanti people|
|Time zone||Greenwich Mean Time|
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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.
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.
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.
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 as its Member of Parliament (MP). Andy Appiah Kubi has held this parliamentary position since January 7, 2017 and succeeded Hon. Kwadwo Baah Agyemang.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Hon. Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu (late Finance Minister, Republic of Ghana)
- Hon kwadwo Baah Agyemang former member of parliament and currently board chairman, national sports authority
- Richmond Boakye, football player
- Dan Amakye Dede, Highlife Legend
- Ofori Amponsah, highlife Musician
- Kofi Bee, also known as Kofi Boakye Yiadom and Kofi B., Musician
- Okuraseni Samuel, son of Samuel Obeng Wiafe Sr, played with Amakye Dede's band.
- Frank Osei, former player of Asante Kotoko player and Ghana National U-20
- Akoto Danso popularly known as Osreben, formally played for Ashanti Gold FC and now plays for Okwawu United FC, all in Ghana
- F.P. Kyei Former Inspector General Of Police,(IGP) of the Ghana Police Service from 27/11/1979 to 6/10/1981
- Dr. Joyce Lucy Asibey First Ghanaian headmistress of Aburi Girls' Senior High School
- Anita Osei Esq, former Miss Malaika Ghana Top 5 delegate and lawyer
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