Obuasi

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Obuasi
Town & District Capital
Football field in Obuasi
Nickname(s): Sikakrom, Golden City
Obuasi is located in Ghana
Obuasi
Location of Obuasi in Ashanti
Coordinates: 06°12′00″N 01°41′00″W / 6.20000°N 1.68333°W / 6.20000; -1.68333
Country Ghana
RegionAshanti
DistrictObuasi Municipal
Elevation331 ft (101 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total175,043[1]
Time zoneGMT
 • Summer (DST)GMT (UTC)
 
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Obuasi
Town & District Capital
Football field in Obuasi
Nickname(s): Sikakrom, Golden City
Obuasi is located in Ghana
Obuasi
Location of Obuasi in Ashanti
Coordinates: 06°12′00″N 01°41′00″W / 6.20000°N 1.68333°W / 6.20000; -1.68333
Country Ghana
RegionAshanti
DistrictObuasi Municipal
Elevation331 ft (101 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total175,043[1]
Time zoneGMT
 • Summer (DST)GMT (UTC)

Obuasi is a town in southern part of the Ashanti Region, Ghana. Obuasi is the capital of the Obuasi Municipal which lies south of the regional capital capital city, Kumasi. Obuasi has a settlement population of 175,043 people. The mining community[1] gives Obuasi its delicate mosaic of cultures from all over the county, the continent, and the rest of the world and hence its cosmopolitan culture. Wearing a ring of hills as its adornment, it sits quietly albeit industriously on the soil that births the single richest gold bar in the world.

Ghana was christened the Gold Coast because of the gold found in Obuasi.

Economy[edit]

Obuasi is known for its Obuasi Gold Mine, now one of the ten largest in the world, gold having been mined on the site since at least the seventeenth century.[2]

Transportation[edit]

Train[edit]

Obuasi train station is on the Ashanti railway line from Kumasi to Sekondi-Takoradi. Obuasi also has an airstrip.[2]

Tourist attractions[edit]

Tourists can visit the town's mine by arranging with the Public Relations Directorate of AGA. Operated by the Anglo Gold Ashanti (AGA), formerly the Ashanti Gold Company, it was the company's largest mine until the company's merger with the South African company AngloGold.[2]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Obuasi
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F)32
(89)
31
(87)
31
(87)
31
(87)
32
(89)
29
(84)
27
(80)
27
(80)
26
(79)
30
(86)
32
(89)
32
(89)
30
(85.5)
Average low °C (°F)24
(75)
24
(76)
24
(76)
25
(77)
25
(77)
24
(75)
23
(73)
22
(71)
21
(70)
24
(75)
24
(76)
24
(76)
23.7
(74.8)
Precipitation mm (inches)25
(1.0)
25
(1.0)
76
(3.0)
127
(5.0)
203
(8.0)
229
(9.0)
102
(4.0)
25
(1.0)
76
(3.0)
152
(6.0)
127
(5.0)
102
(4.0)
1,269
(50)
Source: Myweather2.com [3]

Healthcare[edit]

Obuasi is also noted for the great health care facilities such as AGA Hospital owned by Anglo Gold, and also a private health facility, St. Jude Hospital, owned by Dr. George Owusu-Asiedu.[2] The facility is noted for many successful surgeries and numerous successful births at the maternity division of the hospital run by the former president of the Ghana Midwives Association, Mrs. Priscilla Owusu-Asiedu.[2]

Sports and stadium[edit]

Ashanti Gold Sporting Club, a football club, is based at Obuasi's Len Clay Stadium.

Notable people[edit]

Notable people from the town of Obuasi include the footballer John Mensah and Sam E. Jonah (KBE), the former CEO of Ashanti Goldfields Company.

Sister cities[edit]

As of September 13, 2008, Obuasi was signed in as another Sister City of Riverside, California, USA.

CountryCityStateDate
United States United States
Flag of Riverside, California.svg
Riverside
Flag of California.svg
California2008

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "World Gazetteer online". World-gazetteer.com. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Touring Ghana - Ashanti Region. touringghana.com.
  3. ^ "Obuasi Weather Averages". Myweather2. 2013.  Retrieved 20 June 2013.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 06°12′N 01°41′W / 6.200°N 1.683°W / 6.200; -1.683