Briefly discussed as background to the Ashanti Region, among others, are the history, location and physical features, modern political and traditional administration, cultural and social structure, religion, tourist attractions, demographic characteristics and the major economic activities.
Location The Ashanti Region is centrally located in the middle belt of Ghana. It lies between longitudes 0.15W and 2.25W, and latitudes 5.50N and 7.46N. The region shares boundaries with four of the ten political regions, Brong-Ahafo in the north, Eastern region in the east, Central region in the south and Western region in the South west.
Physical Features The region occupies a total land area of 24,389 square kilometres representing 10.2 per cent of the total land area of Ghana. It is the third largest region after Northern (70,384 sq. kms) and Brong Ahafo (39,557 sq. kms) regions.
The region has a population density of 148.1 persons per square kilometre, the third after Greater Accra and Central Regions. More than half of the region lies within the wet, semi-equatorial forest zone.
Due to human activities and bushfires, the forest vegetation of parts of the region, particularly the north-eastern part, has been reduced to savanna. The region has an average annual rainfall of 1270mm and two rainy seasons. The major rainy season starts in March, with a major pick in May. There is a slight dip in July and a pick in August, tapering off in November. December to February is dry, hot, and dusty.
The average daily temperature is about 27 degrees Celsius. Much of the region is situated between 150 and 300 metres above sea level. The region is endowed with a spectacular geography-lakes, scarps, forest reserves, waterfalls, national parks, birds and wildlife sanctuaries.
The Most Reverend Gabriel Justice Yaw Anokye, Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop of Kumasi has blamed the Ghana Education Service (GES) for acting in bad faith by posting a non-Catholic to head its school without the due consultations.
One person who is seriously vying for assembly member position in the Bosomtwe District in the Ashanti Region, Mr. Stephen Kofi Afram has called on the assembly to construct toilet facilities for Abono, Obbo and Abwaso communities in the Abono Electoral Area.
The District Chief Executive of Afigya Kwabre District, Mr. Oppong Kyekyeku has advised heads and management teams of schools to cultivate maintenance culture in order to prolong lifespan of school infrastructure and logistics.
The Centre for Development of People (CEDEP), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), has held its third Social Public Expenditure and Accountability forum at Ejisu, the capital of the Ejisu-Juaben Municipal Assembly in the Ashanti Region.