Obuasi is a Mining Community and town in the southern part of Obuasi Municipal of the Ashanti Region of Ghana.[3] Obuasi is the capital of the Obuasi Municipal which lies south of Ashanti capital city Kumasi 39 miles (59.4 kilometres) away south-west of Kumasi or 1 hour 2 minutes road-drive from Obuasi to Kumasi.[3] Obuasi has a settlement population of 175,043 people.[2] Obuasi gold bar mining community has delicate mosaic from the Ashanti people culture of Ashanti and the semi-island exclave Ashantiland.[3] Obuasi wears a ring of hills as its adornment and Obuasi sits quietly albeit industriously on the soil that births the top-9 single richest bullion gold bar gold mining mining|mine on Earth the Obuasi Gold Mine.[1][3]

Obuasi
Mining Town & Municipality Capital
Obuasi is the location of the 9 largest gold mines on Earth: the Obuasi Gold Mine at the Obuasi Gold bar Mining community in the Ashanti.[1]
Obuasi is the location of the 9 largest gold mines on Earth: the Obuasi Gold Mine at the Obuasi Gold bar Mining community in the Ashanti.[1]
Nickname(s): 
Sikakrom, Gold Town
Motto(s): 
Unity in Development
Obuasi is located in Ashanti
Obuasi
Obuasi
Location of Obuasi within City-state Ashanti
Coordinates: 06°12′00″N 01°41′00″W / 6.20000°N 1.68333°W / 6.20000; -1.68333
City-state Ashanti
MunicipalityObuasi Municipal
Government
 • TypeAbsolute monarchy
 • BodyManhyia Palace
Obuasi Municipal
 • Emperor AsanteheneOsei Tutu II
Elevation
331 ft (101 m)
Population
 (2012)
 • Total175,043[2]
 • Ethnicity
Ashanti people
 • Nationality
Ashanti
Demonym(s)Ashanti
Obuasian
Time zoneGreenwich Mean Time
 • Summer (DST)GMT

Gold Coast region was named after the large amount of gold mined historically at Obuasi and the broader Ashanti Region.[3]

EconomyEdit

Obuasi is known for the Obuasi Gold Mine, one of the largest underground gold mines in the world. With gold having been mined on the site since at least the seventeenth century.[1]

The Obuasi Gold Mine is currently being recapitalised after having been put into Care and Maintenance in 2014. The mine is expected to reach full production in 2022 after which it is expected to have a life of mine of excess of 20 years.

TransportationEdit

Train and airEdit

Obuasi train station is on the Ashanti railway line to and from Kumasi (39 miles or 59.4 kilometres or 1 hour 2 minutes south-west of Kumasi) and Obuasi also has an airstrip and airport.[4]

Tourist attractionsEdit

Tourists can visit the town's mine by arranging with the Public Relations Directorate of Ashanti Goldfields Corporation (AGC).[3] Operated by the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation (AGC), formerly the State-owned Ashanti company Ashanti Goldfields Corporation (AGC), it was the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation (AGC) company's largest mine until the AGC company merged in 2004 to create the Earth's second-largest gold producer, Anglo Gold Ashanti (AGA) with the merging of the South African company AngloGold.[3]

EducationEdit

Obuasi is the site of the Obuasi Senior High Technical School a mixed-sex educational second cycle public high school.[5] Christ the King Catholic Senior High School, St. Margaret Senior High School, and the College of Integrated Health Care. Obuasi is the site for the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)-Obuasi Campus.

ClimateEdit

 
OSC Hill of Obuasi in Ashanti.

Obuasi has a semi-equatorial tropical savanna climate (Köppen Aw) with two rainy seasons. The main rainy season is from March to July, with May and June being typically the year's wettest months, whilst a lighter rainy season occurs from September to November. The average annual rainfall in Obuasi is around 1,270 millimetres or 50 inches and the average temperature 26.5 °C or 79.7 °F with highs of 30 °C or 86 °F and lows of 23 °C or 73.4 °F. Relative humidity is around 75% - 80% in the wet seasons.

Climate data for Obuasi
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 32
(89)
31
(87)
31
(87)
31
(87)
32
(89)
29
(84)
27
(80)
27
(80)
26
(79)
30
(86)
32
(89)
32
(89)
30
(86)
Average low °C (°F) 24
(75)
24
(76)
24
(76)
25
(77)
25
(77)
24
(75)
23
(73)
22
(71)
21
(70)
24
(75)
24
(76)
24
(76)
24
(75)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 25
(1.0)
25
(1.0)
76
(3.0)
130
(5.0)
200
(8.0)
230
(9.0)
100
(4.0)
25
(1.0)
76
(3.0)
150
(6.0)
130
(5.0)
100
(4.0)
1,267
(50)
Source: Myweather2.com[6]

HealthcareEdit

Obuasi is also noted for its healthcare facilities, such as the AGA Hospital owned by the Anglo Gold corporation, and also for a private health facility, St. Jude Hospital, owned by Dr George Owusu-Asiedu.[7] The facility is noted for many successful surgeries and numerous successful births at the maternity division of the hospital.[7]

Golfing and stadiumEdit

Obuasi has a golf course,[8] and the Obuasi Ashanti Gold Sporting Club, a professional football club, is based at Obuasi's Len Clay Stadium.[9]

Notable peopleEdit

Notable people from Obuasi mining town include:

Sister citiesEdit

As of 13 September 2008, Obuasi has been a sister city of Riverside, California, United States.[14]

Sovereign state City State Date
  United States Riverside California 2008 [14]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "World's top 10 gold deposits". 7 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b "World Gazetteer online". World-gazetteer.com. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "An Economic History of the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation" (PDF) (PDF). Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Business: AngloGold Ashanti Opens Obuasi Airport". 4 September 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Obuasi Sec-Tech old students support alma mater". Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Obuasi Weather Averages". Myweather2. 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine" (PDF) (PDF). May 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 October 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Obuasi Golf Course Photos". Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Ashanti Gold Sporting Club". Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Directors: Sir Samuel Esson Jonah, KBE, OSG, Executive Chairman". Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Yaw Boakye Yiadom". 15 December 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Interview with John Mensah". 24 September 2007. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Kwame Motion Advice Emerging Artist To Take advantage of Digital Promotion". News Ghana. 25 June 2022.
  14. ^ a b "Riverside's Sister Cities". City of Riverside, California. 2009. Archived from the original on 21 December 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2009.

Coordinates: 06°12′N 01°41′W / 6.200°N 1.683°W / 6.200; -1.683