Ghana, which means 'Warrior King' in its native language, was the first sub-Saharan nation to gain independence from Britain when it did so in 1957. With a stable democracy and a strong economy based on gold, cocoa and oil exports, it is considered one of the leading countries in Africa.
The country also benefits from being a popular tourist destination thanks to some lush forests, sparkling beaches and diverse wildlife. Also diverse is its population of 30 million, with a range of ethnic, linguistic and religious groups existing peacefully together. Like the country itself, Ghana's capital Accra is increasing in international influence.