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Located about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) east of the central business district, Osu is a neighborhood in central Accra, Ghana, known for its busy commercial, restaurant and nightlife activity. It is locally known as the "West End" of Accra.[1] Bounded to the south by the Gulf of Guinea, Osu's western boundary is the Independence Avenue. Ring Road separates Osu from the northern district of Labone.

Osu District
Osu marker.jpg
LocationRoughly:
W: Independence Avenue
SW: Castle Road/Sir Charles Quist Street
N/NE: Ring Road East
S: Gulf of Guinea
Coordinates5°33′14″N 0°10′30″W / 5.55389°N 0.17500°W / 5.55389; -0.17500Coordinates: 5°33′14″N 0°10′30″W / 5.55389°N 0.17500°W / 5.55389; -0.17500
Governing bodyAccra Metropolitan Assembly
Aerial view

Owing to its establishment as a settlement around the Danish fort of Christiansborg in the 17th century, Osu offers a mix of houses dating from the early 20th century (both low-rise apartment blocks and detached houses) to modern office towers. Ringway Estates, a gated residential community between Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue and Cantonments Road is located in the western section of Osu.

The main thoroughfare, Cantonments Road (colloquially known as Oxford Street) features large supermarkets and appliance shops, and is renowned for its food joints and lively nightlife. At its southern end is the site of the 17th-century Fort Christiansborg, a former Danish colonial fort, which formerly housed the seat of government, and relocated to The Flagstaff House near the 37 Military Hospital after it was reconstructed by Former President, John Kufuor.[2]

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EconomyEdit

The head office of Starbow is in Osu.[3]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Osu Oxford Street Archived 2015-02-05 at the Wayback Machine. traveltodiscoverghana.com.
  2. ^ Accra Medium Area: Labone/Osu (Christianborg) Archived 2011-08-11 at the Wayback Machine. accra.wantedinafrica.com.
  3. ^ "Contact us Archived 2012-08-27 at the Wayback Machine." Starbow. Retrieved on 6 May 2013. "832 First Street Adjacent to the Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters Osu, Accra"

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