Kumasi ( Coomassie earlier, also Kumase ) is the capital of the Ashanti Region of Ghana and with 1,468,797 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2005) is the second largest city in the country. Living in the region, in a radius of about 30 to 35 kilometers around the city, around 2.5 million people. The city is located 27 km northwest of Lake Bosumtwi, the only true inland sea of Ghana. At the southeastern edge of the city, located on the road to Accra, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology ( KNUST ) is.
South centrally located it is surrounded by several jungle areas. It is also known due to its colorful and diverse plant world as a garden - city. Kumasi is a student town and has a University of Science and Technology, as a Protestant university, the Christian Service University College. 80 percent of the people are Christians, 20 percent are Muslims. Retail, consumer goods, agriculture and mining are the leading industries of Kumasi, here is also probably the largest market in West Africa: Kejetia.
Pride the sportenthusiastischen residents are on their football club Kumasi Asante Kotoko. Kotoko means porcupine and is the emblem of the club, but it's actually a metaphor for the resilience, the Asante ( Ashanti ) people had already repeatedly prove in history. The team was able to win several national and continental title.
The city was founded in the late 17th century by King Osei Tutu as the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom. Here he received the legend for the golden chair, the symbol of unity and spirit of the Ashanti, directly from heaven. Later was basically the ruler of Kumasi (the " Kumasihene " ), the ruler of the Aschantireiches. The Aschantikönige ( " Asantehene " ) were the richest kings of West Africa, so its palace Manhyia today one of the biggest attractions is. 1874 destroyed the British in the course of their fourth war against the Ashanti parts of the city, including the former Royal Palace. Kumasi is considered shadow capital of Ghana. In particular, the population of the Ashanti sees in Kumasi Ghana's center.
North-east of Kumasi are the last traditional building in the Ashanti in ten villages. Since 1980, they are protected by inclusion in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
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Sons and daughters of the town
- Ignatius Kutu Acheampong (1931-1971), former head of state of Ghana
- Kwame Addo Kufuor, (* 1940), politician and Minister of Defence
- Kofi Annan ( born 1938 ), former Secretary General of the United Nations, Nobel Peace Prize
- Harrison Afful ( born 1986 ), football player
- Isaac Boakye ( born 1981 ), football player
- Kofi Danning (* 1991), Australian football player
- Mark Edusei (born 1976 ), football player
- Kweku Essien ( born 1984 ), football player
- Bashirou Gambo, football player
- Samuel Osei Kuffour (born 1976 ), football player
- John Agyekum Kufuor ( born 1938 ), President of Ghana from 2001 to 2009
- Ibrahim Tanko ( born 1977 ), football player
- Baba Yara (1936-1969), football player
- Anthony Yeboah (born 1966 ), football player
Station of Kumasi, 2005
Stadium of Kumasi, Africa Cup 2008