The Ashanti Region of Ghana is a Kingdom of gold, history and culture with an area of about 24,390km². The Region lies within the south-central part of Ghana and occupies a central portion of modern Ghana . The area is the hub of the ancient Kingdom of Ashanti , and still the heartland for all Ashantis.
The Ashanti region is the home of the Asante , the largest Akan subgroup a proud people, famous for their courageous warriors and accomplished art of civilisation.
Farming is the predominant occupation crops cultivated include cocoa and foodstuffs; gold mining is also a major economic activity engaged in due to the high amounts of gold deposits. Gold mining is said to be the oldest industry in the Ashanti region long before the first European set foot on Ashanti land, timber haulage is done on a large scale.
The region consists of deciduous and tropical rain forest. The extreme west of the region receives the highest amount of rainfall. It has tropical climate characterized by moderate temperatures all year round.
TOURIST ATTRACTION SITES IN THE REGION
The Manhyia Palace (manshia): seat of the Great Ashanti Empire also houses a Royal Museum stocked with unique paraphernalia and life-size statues of notable Ashanti kings and queens, as well as a gift shop. Dressing to the Palace is either formal or traditional.
The Kejetia market , largest open-air market in West Africa . Anything from foodstuffs, jewellery, and herbal medicine can be purchased through lively bargaining.
Kumasi Cultural Centre: Traditional dances and drumming lessons are available.
War Museum: The only fort and colonial stronghold, built in the interior of the country to house the British forces who sought to have some kind of bodily presence in this troublesome kingdom.
The Golden Stool , the symbol of the Ashanti Nation and the collective soul of the Ashantis was conjured from the sky in 1700. At the same spot lies embedded in the belly of the earth, the sword of Okomfo Anokye, the High Priest of Ashantis.
Prempeh II Jubilee Museum offers a rare selection of historical objects, which help to give a good insight into the history of Ashanti in the course of the centuries.
Lake Bosomtwi a Crater Lake created by a fallen meteorite. At 28 km square it is Ghana ‘s largest natural lake and also the deepest at about 100m. It is surrounded by dozens of fishing and farming villages is ideal for hiking and bird watching.
Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary was created when the Owabi stream was dammed to create a water reservoir for the growing city of Kumasi . It is home to a substantial bird population.
Akwasidae: It is celebrated every six weeks at the Manhyia Palace .
Papa: It is observed in March at Kumawu.
Kente Festival: Celebrated in July – August at Ejisu.
Yaa Asantewaa Festival: Observed in August at Ejisu.
Mmoa Nni Nko: Observed in October at Offinso
Nkyidwoo: Observed in November/ December by the people of Essumeja.