Celebrate Ghana's 66th Independence with these cool facts.

It is Ghana's 66th Independence Day anniversary! Ghana is a country in western Africa. It is close to the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. It also shares borders with Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, and Togo. Ghana is also known for its lush forests, diverse animal life, and sandy beaches with amazing views. Here are some cool facts about the country.

1. Ghana was the first country south of the Sahara to gain independence. This was on March 6, 1957, and it inspired other African countries to fight for their own independence.

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2. Ghana produces the most gold in Africa. Currently, the leading African gold-producing country and sixth in the world is Ghana, with the country's gold production amounting to 117.6 tons in 2021.

Fun fact: It used to be called the Gold Coast because the earliest Europeans to set foot on the land found so much gold between the rivers Ankobra and Volta that they named the area “da Mina”, meaning “The Mine”.

3. Kwame Nkrumah is known as the father of Ghana. He was a passionate Pan-Africanist who led Ghana's independence campaign and became the country's first Prime Minister and later President (1957–1966).

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4. Rev. Dr Martin Luther King's popular sermon The Birth of a Nation was based on his visit to Ghana on its Independence Day. He used the sermon to share his experiences of Ghana's battle against colonialism with friends and supporters in Montgomery.

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You can send money from the US, UK, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Canada to Ghana, and vice versa, on the Afriex app for free. With Afriex, you enjoy cheap rates, extremely fast transfers, and charge-free transactions in Ghana.

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