Wassa West District
|Wassa West District|
|District Chief Executive||Emmanuel K. Ayensu|
|Population density||90 Ew. / km²|
The largest ethnic group among the 230,000 inhabitants of the district is the Akan people of the Wassa with 43% . Most of the other ethnic groups also belong to the Akan group, such as the Ahanta , Fanti and Brong . There are also Ewe , Ga and Kokomba .
According to official taxes, more than 90% are Christians, around 6.6% Muslims and 1.4% followers of traditional religions. It must be taken into account that Christians and Muslims can at the same time adhere to traditional beliefs.
Wassa West is the wettest district in Ghana with 187.83 cm per year. The rainy season from March to September falls twice as much as the annual average, while the dry season extends from October to February . The original tropical rainforest in the district is only partially available.
The historic battle of Nsamankow between the Ashanti and the British took place on the territory of the district in 1821, ending with the crushing defeat of the British and the death of their leader, Governor Charles McCarthy .
Parallel to the formal administrative structure of the state of Ghana, the traditional rulership of Omanhene of the Wassa, the Wassa Traditional Fiase Land extends over Wassa West and the neighboring district of Mpohor Wassa East . The “stool” and thus the seat of government of Omanhene is traditionally in Benso . The Omanhene is subject to a sophisticated hierarchy of z. B. 39 "Division Heads" and other officials.
Places in the district