I’ll give you one good reason why Americans don’t like soccer. We get beat by small unknown nations which is really, really sad. I was curious to learn more about Ghana, the country that knocked the United States out of the 2010 World Cup. So I went to wikipedia. Here’s some highlights:
Ghana is the second largest producer of cocoa in the world. Think about that one, Hershey fans.
Lake Volta, the largest artificial lake in the world by surface area, is in Ghana.
Ghana was the first African nation below the Sahara Desert to gain independence from colonial rule in 1957.
The United Kingdom ruled Ghana from 1896-1957. It was called “Gold Coast”. There was lots of gold in Ghana.
Ghana was plundered for its gold from European nations dating back to the 15th century. Major invading European nations through the centuries have been Portugal, Holland, United Kingdom, Denmark, and Sweden.
Ghana is geographically closer to the “center” of the world than any other country even though the actual center, (0
) is located in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 382 miles south of Accra, Ghana, in the Gulf of Guinea.
The Ghana flag: RED – blood shed towards independence. GOLD – mineral wealth. GREEN – rich agriculture. BLACK STAR – African emancipation.
Ghana has a population of about 24 million. It is home to more than 100 different ethnic groups. Ghana has not seen the kind of ethnic conflict that has created civil wars in many other African countries.
The official language is English; however, most Ghanaians also speak at least one local language.
Textiles are important in Ghanaian culture for traditional and modern means through its varied symbolism.
According to the CIA World Factbook, religious divisions are as follows: Christian 68.8%, Muslim 15.9%, Traditional African beliefs 8.5%.
The media of Ghana is one of the most free in Africa, and had previously undergone a series of government overthrows by military leaders and periods of severe restriction.
The adult literacy rate in Ghana was 65% in 2007 , with males at 71.7% and females at 58.3%.
If you ask me, there’s some corrupt grapes in Ghana. About 28% of the population live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day even though Ghana remains one of the world’s top gold producers and cocoa producers. An oilfield of about 3 billion barrels of oil was found in 2007 and Ghana stands to cash in later in 2010. We’ll see just how the people of Ghana benefits from this.