About Ghana

Ghana is a West African country on the Gulf of Guinea. Its neighbours are Côte d’Ivoire, to the west, Burkina Faso, which lies north, and Togo, to the east. Ghana is mainly flat, but there are hills in the northern part of the country. It has a central area of forest and sandy beaches along the coast.

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Akan Dagaare Dangbe English Ewe Ga Kasem Nzema

English is the official language, however there are a number of languages spoken including 9 Government-sponsored languages including Akan languages (Twi languages), Dagaare, Dangbe, Dagbane, Ga, Kasem, Ewe, and Nzema.


31.07m (2022)


238,500 square kilometres

High Commissioner




Joined Commonwealth

1957 Following Independence from Britain

Top Exports

Cocoa Beans Gold Oil

Episode guests


Apiorkor Seyiram Ashong-Abbey

Ghanaian-American Poet, Writer/Author, Literary Scholar/Critic, Media Practitioner, TED Speaker and Activist

Apiorkor [Seyiram Ashong-Abbey] is a Ghanaian-American Poet, Writer/Author, Literary Scholar/Critic, Media Practitioner, TED Speaker and Activist.

She is the author of “The Matriarch’s Verse” and “When The Person Who is Called COVID Came”. In her work, she weaves poetic and journalistic styles together (Verse Journalism).

She founded TeamApiorkor, a creative conglomerate and in 2018, TeamApiorkor and Fablinks Media instituted The Matriarch’s Verse Poetry Concert – Ghana’s largest annual Poetry event, hosted by an individual artist, having featured over seventy Artists, with an audience of almost ten thousand people.

Her love for Diplomacy has led her to become a Fellow and the Moderator-in-Residence, of the Institute of International Affairs, Ghana.

As well, she is an Editorial Advisor of the Influenc(Her) Project, working alongside phenomenal women to elevate the global voices of women; especially in Journalism.

Furthermore, she is a member of the Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF) Advisory Board, the Poetry Association of Ghana Board, the World Bank Ghana Youth Voices Steering Committee, as well as a Board Member of Ahaspora Young Professionals.

She is currently the Head of Programmes Production at Accra-based Citi 97.3 FM/Citi TV, and hosts “Diplomatic License” and “What’s Cooking?”.

I'm Fine, But I'm Not Fine

by Apiorkor Seyiram Ashong-Abbey


I am the Royal Town-crier,
I am the Queen of my Poetic Woman-Queendom,
I am the goddess of Poetic African Savannahs, Jungles, Rivers and Oceans,
I am the Lioness, the Tigress and the Ghanaian Mermaid,
I am The Matriarch of modern Poetic nations,
I am Poetry Incarnate
And my pen fears no sword, no man, no woman, no coward, no beast, no plague…

Forget the muse, for I am the Muse!

I found out that I was pregnant, last month.
I did not plan for it.

That afternoon, the Hausa Koko that I had had for breakfast rudely shoved my tongue aside and forcefully ripped my jaws apart; then it flew out of my gaping mouth and sort of did a dance on the floor in front of me.

That evening, my brain foolishly led me to scrape the frosty ice from the walls of my refrigerator – then I shamefully ate it.
Then last week, my nose began to round out and shine like a ripe mango.
And each breath had been transformed into a laboured gasp.

I found out that I was pregnant, last month.
I did not plan for it.
But I embraced it…
My mind, body, spirit and soul were prepared for it.

I am fine, but I am not fine.
I had a miscarriage, this morning.
The contents of my swelling womb poured out of me, in the shower.
No warning, no mercy, no consideration.

I am fine, but I am not fine.

Educated Dreams

by Apiorkor Seyiram Ashong-Abbey

“I deserve to be a self-sufficient, educated woman!” – She would say…

She knew where she had come from:

Her family had made many sacrifices for her to get an education.

Her siblings stayed at home, because her parents could only pay school fees, for one child at a time – a dire situation.

And she could not prove her uncles and aunties right;

Sending a girl-child to school is not a waste of meagre family resources, for a fruitless effort towards future economic liberation…

Then Free SHS came; they all went to school, but they still had to buy school uniforms, provisions, sanitary pads – things which were still a difficult novelty, for their parents to afford in their state of desolation.


“I deserve to be a self-sufficient, educated woman!” – She would say…

She worked hard, when she was in high school…

She earned seven A’s and one B and she was certain that she would be able to become the first person in her family to obtain a University degree.

But there is no money…

So, what would it take to become a self-sufficient educated woman?!

  • Hawking on the streets of Accra?
  • Working as a kayayo, with the possibility of being cheated by selfish customers by day or raped by ruthless predators at night?
  • Or having to depend on the benevolence of a rich man, in return for the currency of her lady parts?

“I deserve to be a self-sufficient, educated woman!” – She would say…

But self dignity, self confidence and self-sufficiency cannot come from a mere dream of having big, expensive certificates of education.

[E no be certificate we go chop!]

The Last Dinner

by Kofi Anyidoho

I am the helpless fish
Frying in your bowl of cooking oil
You lean against the kitchen wall
Smiling with the thoughts of coming feasts
But nature in time will call
You’ll render account squatting on your heels
Your hunger returns with new demands
And I will not be there to
Feed the needs of
Recurrent appetite