Friday, June 25, 2010

Get to Know Ghana

With the final segment of the First Round games in the World Cup, we are getting some tickets punched for the second round.  Let's learn a little something about the country that the USA will be facing, Ghana.  (more fun facts can be found here)

1.  The current nation of Ghana should not be confused with the Ghanaian Empire that sprung up in the late 8th Century, and dominated trade for a couple of hundred years.  The modern nation of Ghana was named in honor of that historical empire, but not because of shared territory or anything like that.

2.  Afro-jazz was invented by a Ghanaian, Guy Warren (or Ghanaba).

3.  Lake Volta is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.  It was created by the Akosombo Dam, which was completed in 1965.  And it might have manatees in it!

Photo from Earthwatch

1 comment:

Andrew Wice said...

I would give the nod in "Afrojazz" to Hugh Masekela.

Fela Kuti took it to the next level with Afrobeat.