The Ashanti Kingdom in Ghana dates back more than a thousand years and was one of the most powerful kingdoms in Africa. In modern times, Ghana was one of the first of the colonized african countries to gain independence, back in 1957. A majority of Ghanaians identify as Christian, but there is also a large Muslim population. Every town I passed through had at least one mosque.
The climate in Ghana is tropical in the south, where there are two rainy seasons per year. However in the northern part of the country (where I spent most of my time) there is only one rainy season and then it is dry for 9 months of the year, more like savannah. In December through February a dry dusty wind known as the harmattan blows from the sahara desert.
The capital of Ghana is Accra, located on the coast. That is where my journey begins.