Bustling and energetic, Accra is a city like no other. Fantastic food, colourful fashion and friendly people ensure the incredible appeal of this international city. Think you know everything there is to know about Ghana’s capital? We’re sure something on our list is bound to surprise you: here are five lesser-known facts about Accra.
- Accra has a youthful population
Accra has a rather young population, with 56% of the population under the age of 24. This population spread is unlikely to change, according to statistics. The youthful population is definitely a driving force in the high-energy and drive that is evident in the capital.
- Accra is one of the hottest cities on the African continent
Due to Ghana’s position near the equator, the country, and its capital, experience high temperatures. The city also experiences heavy humidity.
- Accra has a large migrant population
Recent statistics have shown that 45% of Accra’s residents are immigrants. The overwhelming majority of these immigrants come from other African countries. Migration rates are expected to decrease in future.
- Accra was originally designated as the capital of the Gold coast
After Accra was captured by the British in the late 1800s, the Brits decided to select the city as the capital of the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast was the name used to describe the British colony on the Gulf of Guinea. At the time Britain controlled large parts of the African continent. After Ghana gained independence in 1957, it was decided that Accra was to become the capital of the newly formed Republic of Ghana.
- The National Theatre was built by the Chinese
Accra’s imposing National Theatre was built as a gift to Ghana from the Chinese government. The theatre opened in 1992 and currently houses the three resident companies of the National Dance Company, the National Symphony Orchestra and the National Theatre Players. The theatre forms part of the many tourist destinations in Accra.