Wassa West District

The Wassa West District is one of 13 districts in the Western Region in southwestern Ghana.


The largest ethnic group among the 230,000 residents of the district is 43% of the Akanvolk the Wassa. The other ethnic groups belong predominantly to Akangruppe, the Ahanta, Fanti and Brong. In addition, there are Ewe, Ga and Kokomba.

More than 90% according to official duties Christians, about 6.6 % Muslim and 1.4% followers of traditional religions. It is important to note that even the Christians and Muslims can simultaneously attach traditional beliefs.


Wassa West is 187.83 cm per year, the wettest district of Ghana. In the rainy season from March to September falls twice as much rain as an annual average, to February, the dry season extends from October. The pristine rain forest in the district is available only in parts.


The district has deposits of gold and manganese. Gold has been mined here in 1500 before the arrival of the first Europeans. The poor road network is an obstacle for further economic development.


In the area of the district, the historic battle of Nsamankow between the Ashanti and the British took place in 1821, which ended with the crushing defeat of the British and the death of their leader, the Governor Charles McCarthy.

Traditional structure

Parallel to the formal administrative structure of the state of Ghana extends the traditional territory of the Omanhene of Wassa, the Wassa Wassa Traditional Fiase country over West and the neighboring district Mpohor Wassa East. The " stool" and thus the seat of government of the Omanhene is traditionally located in Benso. The Omanhene is under a sophisticated hierarchy of eg 39 " division chiefs " and other officials.

Places in the District

  • Prestea
  • Abosso
  • Bogoso
  • Nsuaem
  • Huni Valley Hemang ( Himan )
  • Simpa - Pepesa
  • Nsuta
  • Dompim - Pepesa
  • Tarkwa Atoabo
  • Abontiakoon
  • Tamso
  • Bondai
  • Damang
  • Kookoase
  • Benso
  • Odumasi
  • Abosso - Bompieso
  • Kwabedu