Mankessim is a town in the Central Region[1][2][3] of Ghana,[4] West Africa. It is approximately 75 km west of Accra, on the main road to Sekondi-Takoradi.[citation needed] It is the traditional headquarters of the Fante ethnic group of Ghana. Mankessim's history is linked to three famed warriors: Obrumankoma, Odapagyan and Oson, who helped the Fante people migrate from Techiman in the current Bono Region to Adoagyir in the Central Region.[5] The town is located at an elevation of 75 meters above sea level and its population according to the 2010 Census was 38,313.[6]

Mankessim street
Mankessim street
Mankessim is located in Ghana
Location in Ghana
Coordinates: 5°16′N 1°01′W / 5.267°N 1.017°W / 5.267; -1.017
Country Ghana
RegionCentral Region
Chief enstoolment

Mankessim is the traditional paramountcy for all Fante-speaking people and was the location of the sacred Nananom Pow (sacred grove) which is also near Obidan.[5] It has a large market that attracts traders from Ghana and beyond. Just as in other prominent Fante towns, Mankessim has Asafo companies, traditional military groups which no longer fight wars but are acknowledged for their role in the history and development of the town.[7]



Mankessim was the capital of the old Mankessim Kingdom that existed from 1252 to 1844. Before the advent of the Fante the town was called Adowagyer and was inhabited by the Etsi people

Notable people




Mankessim has a number of hospitals and clinics, and therefore, access to healthcare in the town is quite high. Some of these health centers are the Mercy Women's hospital[10] located near the Manna Heights Hotel and Conference Center, Fynba Hospital, and a branch of the Sanford World Clinic in Ghana (inaugurated in 2013 [11]).



There are a lot of attractive places to visit in this town including ecological and cultural sites. There are also reputable hotels and guest houses available where visitors can lodge and rest. Examples include Manna Heights Hotel and Conference Center and Fowaa Lodge.[12]





Mankessim currently has several secondary schools. These include:

  • Mankessim Senior High School[13]
  • Obama College
  • St. Andrews College

See also



  1. ^ "MANKESSIM IRRIGATION SCHEME". Ghana Government. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  2. ^ "MANKESSIM CELEBRATES AFAHYE AND PEACE CONFERENCE". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Roads being fixed since 2017 — Minister". Graphic Online. Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  4. ^ "I should've been closer to my father - Quamina MP -". Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  5. ^ a b Shumway, Rebecca (2011). The Fante and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Vol. 52. Boydell & Brewer. ISBN 978-1-58046-391-1. JSTOR 10.7722/j.ctt1x72ng.
  6. ^ Ghana Statistical Service (2014). "Ghana 2010 Population & Housing Census - District Analytical Report for Mfantseman District" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Fante confederacy | African history [late 17th century-1824] | Britannica". Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  8. ^ Irokotv Nollywood Birthday, Irokotv, Retrieved 21 September 2016
  9. ^ "Pay more attention to Obstetric Fistula - Mankessim queen mother". Graphic Online. Retrieved 2022-05-27.
  10. ^ "Women's hospital at Mankessim suspends free fistula surgeries". Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  11. ^ "Sanford World Clinic inaugurated at Mankessim". Ghana Business News. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Jumia Ghana | Online Shopping for Groceries, Cleaning Supplies, Appliances & More".
  13. ^ "Home Page - Ghana Education Service - GES". 2024-05-06. Retrieved 2024-05-11.

5°16′N 1°01′W / 5.267°N 1.017°W / 5.267; -1.017