26 Facts About Accra


Accra is the capital and largest city of Ghana, located on the southern coast at the Gulf of Guinea, which is part of the Atlantic Ocean.

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In common usage, the name "Accra" often refers to the territory of the Accra Metropolitan District as it existed before 2008, when it covered 199.

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Until this time, the settlement of Accra was confined between Ussher Fort to the east and the Korle Lagoon to the west.

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Accra has become a location for national and international business conferences, such as the BarCamp Ghana series, organised by GhanaThink Foundation.

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The Mayor of Accra is Mohammed Adjei Sowah, who was appointed by President Nana Akufo-Addo and approved unanimously by the AMA on 23 March 2017.

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Some areas North of Accra include, Ashongnman, Madina, Haatso, North and West Legon and others.

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Eastern Accra is largely residential and geographically north of Ring Road East, stretching as far north as Kwame Nkrumah Motorway; the district is bordered to the west by Liberation Road.

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Parts of Central Accra comprise a mixture of very low-density development with under-used service infrastructure on the one hand, high-density development and overstretched infrastructure services on the other.

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The growth of Accra has led to the neglect of some of the old settlements, whilst efforts are being made to provide the newly developing suburban areas with services and infrastructure to cater for the needs of the middle-income earners.

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Peripheral residential development in Accra barely has sufficient infrastructure to support it.

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The middle-income areas of Accra are predominantly populated by Ghanaian citizens and business, administrative and professional families.

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Accra is a centre for manufacturing, marketing, finance, insurance, and transportation.

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Sectors of Accra's economy consist of the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors .

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The beaches around Accra have significant plastic pollution, and surrounding fisheries are heavily impacted by plastics.

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Accra is on the Atlantic coast but it has not served as a port city since the 1950s.

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Transport within Accra includes roads and rails, and an international airport.

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Accra is served by the Aayalolo bus system, which was inaugurated in November 2016.

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Accra is connected by railway line to Kumasi and Takoradi.

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Accra is served by Kotoka International Airport, which has both civil and military uses.

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Accra has an extensive taxi network and numerous taxi ranks, but most taxis lack a meter system, so price negotiation is required between the passenger and driver.

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Accra is home to the Right to Dream Academy, which gives young Ghanaians a chance at a career in professional football.

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Accra is the Greater Accra region's tourist hub, sporting a wide variety of hotels, monuments, museums and nightclubs.

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The Golden Tulip Hotel and Novotel Accra, located in Accra's central business district, are both ranked four stars.

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The Accra-based African Fashion Foundation supports the African fashion industry, especially the fashion industry in Ghana.

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Accra has an Atlantic beachfront and the most popular of the city's beaches is Labadi Beach, along with Kokrobite Beach, which is located 25 kilometres west of Accra.

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Accra has four official sister cities, as recognised by Sister Cities International:.

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