Nzema East Municipal District
The Nzema East District is a district in the Western Region in Ghana, West Africa. The district lies on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea in the far southwest of the country, only separated by a few kilometers and the neighboring district Jomoro from the border with Ivory Coast. The largest river of the district is the Ankobra, the area is one of the rainiest of Ghana.
The population consists of five different ethnic groups, of which the Nzema are the most important, but also Twi and Fante are spoken. About 75 % live ( by Ghanaian standards ) in a rural area about 25 % in urban areas.
There are 154 kilometers of major roads within the district, of which 62 km are paved and are part of the Trans - West African Highway. In Axim, the district capital, it is possible by direct dial to make calls internationally. In Nkroful and Aiyinase radio telephones are available. 16 municipalities are connected to the electricity grid, in Axim, Esiama, Aiyinase and Nkroful there are tube- bound running water. The district has 110 primary schools, 48 junior secondary schools ( approximately of the age 12 to 15 years), a technical institute, four Senior Secondary Schools ( approximately for age 15 -18 years ) and a Vocational Institute for Women.
Among the tourist attractions are in addition to the beaches of the district with Fort St. Antony one of the oldest forts in Ghana, which was built around 1500 by the Portuguese and with Nkroful the birthplace of Kwame Nkrumah, the founder President of Ghana.
Most residents are farmers, the main crops are coconuts, cocoa, rubber and sugar cane. These are cassava, maize, rice, yams and plantain ( cooking banana). The coconuts are processed into coconut oil partly in the district and so moved to the big cities of the country. The waste products of this process are used as a cheap food for the common pig. The keeping of chickens is an economic factor. Of great importance is fishing. Mackerel, sardines, herring and tuna fish are caught. Of mineral raw materials kaolin, silicon, manganese, granite and gold are found, which are degraded by smaller mining companies.
Cities ( " Towns" )
- Teleku Bokazo
- Menzenzor - Kakebenzele
- Gwira Banso