How Ghana regions were created

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In this video, I take you through the makings and evolution of Ghana’s regions since the independence of Ghana in 1957.

The Regions of Ghana constitute the first level of subnational government administration within the Republic of Ghana.

Currently, there are 16 regions in Ghana which are Greater Accra, Central, Eastern, Western, Ashanti, Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Volta, Brong Ahafo, North East, Savannah, Bono East, Ahafo, Western North, and Oti.

This video shows details of the evolution of Ghana’s Regions with Ghana Regions maps. The first region to be created post-independence was the Brong Ahafo Region.

Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, introduced the Emergency Powers Act in January 1958 and separated the Bono and Ahafo areas from the Ashanti Region and created it as a separate region with its own House of Chiefs.

He also went on to recognise a host of chiefs, who were pro-Convention People’s Party (CPP) in Ashanti, as paramount chiefs. Prior to the carving of the region from Ashanti, the Brong Kyempem movement, an association that fought for the recognition of Bonos as an ethnic group, separate from Ashantis, had agitated for a separate region.