Accra is the capital city of Ghana and the largest city in the country. It served as the capital of the British Gold Coast and has since transitioned into a modern metropolis. The shoreline of Accra is littered with forts and castles built by European traders on the West Coast of Africa.
Accra is also the Greater Accra region’s economic and administrative hub and serves as the anchor of the Accra Metropolitan Area which inhabited by about 4 million people making it the thirteenth-largest metropolitan area in Africa.
The word Accra is derived from the Akan word “Nkran” meaning “ant”, a reference to the numerous anthills seen in the countryside around Accra. The name specifically refers to soldier ants and was applied to both the town and people by the Twi speakers