The Upper West Region of Ghana is located in the north-western corner of Ghana[6] and is bordered by Upper East Region to the east, Northern Region to the south, and Burkina Faso to the west and north. The Upper West regional capital and largest settlement is Wa. The Upper West was created by the then Head of State, Flight-Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings in 1983 under the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC) military regime. The area was carved out of the former Upper Region, which is now the Upper East Region. For about thirty-five years, it remained the youngest region of Ghana until 2018 when six more regions were created by the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government; hence increasing the total number of administrative regions in the country to sixteen.

Upper West Region
Location of Upper West Region in Ghana
Location of Upper West Region in Ghana
 • Regional MinisterHafiz Bin Salih[1][2]
 • Total18,476 km2 (7,134 sq mi)
 • RankRanked 7th
 (2021 census)[4]
 • Total901,502
 • Density49/km2 (130/sq mi)
 • Year2013
 • Per capita$5,150
GDP (Nominal)
 • Year2013
 • Per capita$2,500
Time zoneGMT
Area code039
ISO 3166 codeGH-UW
HDI (2017)0.518[5]
low · 9th

Geography and climate edit

Location and size edit

The Upper West Region is one of the 16 regions of Ghana. It is located at the North Western corner of Ghana with latitude 9.8°- 11.O° North and longitude 1.6°- 3.0 West, bounded by Burkina Faso to the North. It covers a geographical area of 18,476 square kilometers, representing 12.7% of the total land area of Ghana. The northern Ghana-Burkina Faso is bordered on the east by the Upper East region and Northern regions, on the south by the Northern region, on the west by western Ghana-Burkina Faso, and the Upper West region on the north. It is the seventh largest region in Ghana in total area, and it is made up of 11 districts. By virtue of its location, the Upper West Region has the potential for international and inter-regional trade and other bilateral relations, but the overspill of criminal activities and disasters, such as bushfires, diseases and pestilence, armed robbery, etc., from the region's neighbors also pose a threat.[7]

Tourism edit

The Wechiau Hippopotamus Sanctuary is located southwest of Wa, along the Black Volta River in the Wa West District. The Gwollu Wall in the Sissala District serves as the hometown of one of Ghana's past presidents - Dr. Hilla Limann.[8]

Cuisine edit

The staple food of the people of the Upper West Region is sao or Tuo Zaafi in the local dialect, which is often abbreviated TZ or T-Zed in English.[9]

Economy edit

The major economic activity of the Upper West Region is agriculture. Crops grown include corn, millet, peanuts, okra, shea tree, and rice. Sheep, goats, chickens, pigs and guinea fowl are raised for meat and eggs. Because the region's dry season is long, extending roughly from October to May, many people leave the region to work in the southern part of Ghana for at least part of the year.

Sports edit

Schools edit

Some popular schools in the region include St. Francis Xavier Junior Seminary, St. Francis Girls of Assis, St. Michael Boys - Nandom, St. Ignatius of Loyola SHS, Queen of Peace SHS, lawra Senior High School, Kanton Senior High School, Wa Senior High School, Wa Senior High Technical School, Wa UDS, Jirapa Nursing Training College, Jahan Training College, Wa Technical University, etc...}}

Administrative divisions edit

The political administration of the region is through the local government system. Under this administration system, the region is divided into 11 MMDA's (made up of 0 Metropolitan, 5 Municipal and 6 Ordinary Assemblies).[10] Each District, Municipal or Metropolitan Assembly, is administered by a Chief Executive, representing the central government but deriving authority from an Assembly headed by a presiding member elected from among the members themselves. The current list is as follows:

Districts of the Upper West Region
Districts of the Upper West Region[11]
# MMDA Name Capital MMDA Type Population
1 Daffiama-Bussie-Issa Issa Ordinary
2 Jirapa Jirapa Municipal
3 Lambussie-Karni Lambussie Ordinary
4 Lawra Lawra Municipal
5 Nadowli-Kaleo Nadowli Ordinary
6 Nandom Nandom Municipal
7 Sissala East Tumu Municipal
8 Sissala West Gwollu Ordinary
9 Wa East Funsi Ordinary
10 Wa Municipal[12] Wa Municipal
11 Wa West Wechiau Ordinary

Notable natives edit

Prominent and famous citizens of Upper West Region include:

Festivals of the Upper West Region edit

Festivals that take place in the Upper West Region include:[13]

  • Damba Festival
  • Dumba Festival
  • Paaragbiele Festival
  • Kobine Festival
  • Kakube Festival
  • Gologo/Golib Festival
  • Fao Festival
  • Samanpiid Festival
  • Feok Festival
  • Adaakoya Festival
  • Kuure Festival
  • Tengana Festival
  • Boaram Festival

References edit

  1. ^ "Regional Ministers". Archived from the original on 2012-01-03.
  2. ^ "Work to start on 670-km feeder roads in Upper West - Graphic Online". Archived from the original on 2021-05-20.
  3. ^ "Upper West Region". Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  4. ^ "Ghana Statistical Services - Population by Regions, Upper West". Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  5. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  6. ^ Boakye, Edna Agnes (2021-05-21). "Sissala West MP laments exclusion of Sissala areas from EU-funded road projects". Citinewsroom - Comprehensive News in Ghana. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  7. ^ GOG(MLGRD)
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Tuo zaafi | Traditional Side Dish From Northern Region | TasteAtlas". Retrieved 2021-10-01.
  10. ^ "Upper West". Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  11. ^ Upper West Region – Districts
  12. ^ "Contractors who do shoddy work to pay more for maintenance - Roads Minister warns -". Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  13. ^ "Upper West Region". 2016-02-24. Retrieved 2020-01-28.

Sources edit

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