As many anthills are founded in Accra, the city was named 'Accra' from the Akan word 'nkran' meaning ants. Accra was famous for being the center of slave trade until 1807, where European countries such as Portugal, Sweden, Netherland, France, and Britain built their forts. Accra has about 3.9 million people inhabiting, which is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa in population and economy, aided by Accra's rapid industrialization in 1970s that brought a big number of people from rural-urban migration and illegal immigration from West Africa. Accra has a near 100% of school enrollment rate from pre-school to high school level, which is reflected by the outnumbering percentage of tertiary sectors (hotel, restaurant, transportation, communication, public administration, education) with 64.9%.

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Population: 2,291,352
Annual growth rate: 3.36%

56% of the population is under 24 years old.

Christians 83.0%
Muslims 10.2%
no religion 4.6%
traditional religion 1.4%

Major Ethnic Groups:
Akan 39.8%
Ga-Dangme 29.7%
Ewe 18%

English 36.1%
Asante 14.8%
Ewe 12.7%
Fante 9.9%


Accra Sports Stadium
Accra Sports Stadium

Black Star Square (Independence Square)
Black Star Square (Independence Square)

Memorial to three Ghanaians killed by colonial authorities.
Common site for parades and national festivals

Labadi Beach (La Pleasure beach)
Labadi Beach (La Pleasure beach)

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