Open main menu

Ho is the capital city of the Ho Municipal District and the Volta Region of Ghana. The city lies between Mount Adaklu and Mount Galenukui or Togo Atakora Range, and is home to the Volta Regional Museum, a cathedral, and a prison.[2] It was formerly the administrative capital of British Togoland now part of the Volta Region. The population of Ho Municipality according to the 2010 Population and Housing Census is 177,281 representing 8.4 percent of the region's total population. Females constitute 52.7 percent and males represent 47.3 percent.  About 62 percent of the population resides in urban localities. The Municipality shares boundaries with Adaklu and Agotime-Ziope Districts to the South, Ho West District to the North and West and the Republic of Togo to the East (see Figure 1.1). Its total land area is 2,361 square kilometers (912 sq mi) thus representing 11.5 percent of the region's total land area.[3]

Ho
Town
View of Ho from Northern hills
View of Ho from Northern hills
Ho is located in Ghana
Ho
Ho
Location of Ho in Volta Region
Coordinates: 6°36′43″N 0°28′13″E / 6.61194°N 0.47028°E / 6.61194; 0.47028Coordinates: 6°36′43″N 0°28′13″E / 6.61194°N 0.47028°E / 6.61194; 0.47028
CountryGhana
RegionVolta Region
DistrictHo Municipal District
Elevation
150 m (490 ft)
Population
 (2012)
 • Total96,213[1]
Time zoneGMT
 • Summer (DST)GMT
Area code(s)036

HistoryEdit

Ho was a part of the German colony of Togoland until World War I, when it was occupied by the British. Ho later became the capital of the League of Nations mandate of British Togoland until that entity's incorporation into the British Gold Coast colony, which subsequently became Ghana.[2] The town was initially inhabited by the people of Hegbe (now Heve), followed by the people of Banakoe (now corrupted to Bankoe). These two groups lived alongside each other with individual chiefdoms. The first known chief of the Bankoe people was Afede Asor I, known in his private life as Akorli. The chief of Heve was Anikpi I, who was known in his private life as Adzah Doe. The Ahoe and Dome joined the settlement at a later stage but came to play leading roles in its development. The people of Dome became the ruling class until the emergence of modern-day chieftaincy which they ceded to the Bankoe people. The people of Hliha are a sub-group of Bankoe.

Major AreasEdit

Ho Bankoe and Ho Dome, Ho Heve, Ho Hliha, Ho Ahoe, Fiave, Anlokordzi, Anagokordzi, Little Bethlehem, voradep village, Barracks new town, Somey down, Lokoe.

Surrounding towns & villagesEdit

Ziavi, Klefe, Shia, Tokokoe, Taviefe, Tanyigbe, Akrofu, Hoviepe, Akoepe, Kpenoe, Sokode, Juapong

ClimateEdit

Generally, the mean monthly temperature in the Municipality ranges between 22.0 °C and 32.0 °C (71.6 to 89.6 °F) while annual mean temperature ranges from 16.5 °C to 37.8 °C (61.7 to 100 °F).  In effect, temperatures are generally high throughout the year which is good for crop farming.   

The rainfall pattern in Ho is characterized by two rainy seasons referred to as the major and the minor seasons. The major season begins from March to June while the minor season is from July to November. 
Climate data for Ho, Ghana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 38.3
(100.9)
40.7
(105.3)
40.0
(104.0)
38.9
(102.0)
37.8
(100.0)
36.1
(97.0)
33.3
(91.9)
35.0
(95.0)
35.0
(95.0)
35.0
(95.0)
36.5
(97.7)
36.7
(98.1)
40.7
(105.3)
Average high °C (°F) 32.9
(91.2)
34.3
(93.7)
33.3
(91.9)
32.4
(90.3)
31.6
(88.9)
29.6
(85.3)
28.1
(82.6)
28.5
(83.3)
29.9
(85.8)
30.9
(87.6)
32.2
(90.0)
31.9
(89.4)
31.3
(88.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) 27.4
(81.3)
28.4
(83.1)
28.1
(82.6)
27.6
(81.7)
27.0
(80.6)
25.7
(78.3)
24.6
(76.3)
24.6
(76.3)
25.5
(77.9)
26.2
(79.2)
27.1
(80.8)
26.9
(80.4)
26.6
(79.9)
Average low °C (°F) 21.9
(71.4)
22.4
(72.3)
22.9
(73.2)
22.8
(73.0)
22.5
(72.5)
21.8
(71.2)
21.0
(69.8)
20.6
(69.1)
21.1
(70.0)
21.5
(70.7)
22.0
(71.6)
21.8
(71.2)
21.9
(71.4)
Record low °C (°F) 16.5
(61.7)
19.0
(66.2)
20.0
(68.0)
20.0
(68.0)
19.5
(67.1)
18.5
(65.3)
16.0
(60.8)
16.0
(60.8)
18.0
(64.4)
19.0
(66.2)
19.5
(67.1)
16.5
(61.7)
16.0
(60.8)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 40
(1.6)
68
(2.7)
143
(5.6)
144
(5.7)
174
(6.9)
174
(6.9)
112
(4.4)
93
(3.7)
149
(5.9)
172
(6.8)
81
(3.2)
52
(2.0)
1,402
(55.2)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.3 mm) 3 6 12 13 16 18 14 10 14 18 10 5 139
Average relative humidity (%) 62 61 68 71 74 78 78 77 78 76 71 51 72
Mean monthly sunshine hours 226.3 217.5 226.3 204.0 229.4 147.0 117.8 145.7 138.0 223.2 249.0 260.4 2,384.6
Mean daily sunshine hours 7.3 7.7 7.3 6.8 7.4 4.9 3.8 4.7 4.6 7.2 8.3 8.4 6.2
Source: Deutscher Wetterdienst[4]

AttractionsEdit

The traditional festival in Ho is the Asogli Yam Festival, which is celebrated around September of every year.[2] Ho has a lively and huge open market that attracts people from all over the Volta Region and migrants from Togo.[2] There are numerous churches in the Ho municipality, including the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ho.[2] The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana has its headquarters in Ho. The church is predominantly in the Volta Region, the capital of which is Ho. The University of Health and Allied Sciences which was established in 2015 is located in Ho.

SportsEdit

Ho Sports Stadium is also located in the town. Volta Region's football team is Heart of Lions which is based in Kpandu's Kpando Stadium.[2]

TransportEdit

In central parts of Ho the roads are paved, the roads outside are not.[2] An airport is being built to serve Ho; construction began in September 2015.[5]

HealthcareEdit

The town is home to three hospitals, including the Ho Teaching Hospital, inaugurated in the year 2019. There are also numerous clinics that serve the town.[2]

EducationEdit

There are many private and public basic schools in Ho.[6] A list of tertiary institutions in Ho follows:

Tertiary InstitutionsEdit

Secondary EducationEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World Gazetteer online". World-gazetteer.com. Archived from the original on 11 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Touring Ghana – Volta Region Archived 14 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine. touringghana.com.
  3. ^ Ghana Statistical Service (2014). 2010 Population and Housing Census.
  4. ^ "Klimatafel von Ho / Ghana" (PDF). Baseline climate means (1961-1990) from stations all over the world (in German). Deutscher Wetterdienst. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  5. ^ Boadu, Kwame; Anane, Mary (19 September 2015). "Ho goes agog as Prez Mahama cuts sod for airport". Daily Graphic. Accra. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  6. ^ Schools in Volta Region. ghanaschoolsonline.com.
  7. ^ "Evangelical Presbyterian University College". Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  8. ^ "DataLink Institute, Ho". CoursesGhana. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  9. ^ "GCOM Institute of Science and Technology".
  10. ^ "Welcome to Sonrise Christian High School Ho, Ghana, West Africa". Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Wallahs Academy Senior High School". Ghana Education Directory. Retrieved 2 January 2017.

External linksEdit

See alsoEdit