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Ghanaian Arabs

Ghanaian Arabs
غانيون عرب
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Ghanaian Arabs (Akan: Nkɔmbɔtwetwe Arabia Gaana; Arabic: غانيون عرب‎) are Ghanaians and citizens of Arab origin or descent. Ghanaian Arabs are mainly from Lebanon, Syria and Arab Maghreb. Ghana has the largest Arab population in western Africa.

Distribution

The vast majority of Arabs live in major cities and towns in south central, south eastern, south western or southern Ghana. Coastal cities such as Accra, Cape Coast, Sekondi-Takoradi, and Tema also have Arab populations. Apart from Accra and Kumasi, Coastal Areas and Southern Ghana, there are Arab communities in Koforidua and Sunyani.

Background

Arabs have been present in Ghana for millennia, mostly as merchants in the 15th century, then into the 21st century as business people, and due to this intermarriage has occurred with also the production offsprings of Afro-Arabs; Fathia Nkrumah is a notable Arab with ties to Ghana. She was the late wife of Ghana's first president and revolutionist Kwame Nkrumah, whose marriage was seen as helping plant the seeds of cooperation between Egypt and other African countries as they struggled for independence from European colonization. This helped advance the formation of the African Union.[1] Arabs who have lived in Ghana for most of their lives have acquired Ghanaian citizenship.

Economics

The Arabs in Ghana play a role in Ghana's economy, mostly Lebanese business people or Syrians own many businesses in Ghana, such as restaurants, hotel chains, import and export companies. Historically Arab merchants have been operating in Ghana and across Sub-Saharan Africa for millennia.[2][3]

See also

External links

  • Thestatesmanonline: Lebanese community in Ghana show solidarity

References

  1. ^ African Union Summit
  2. ^ Migration in Ghana. encyclopedia.com. 2007. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  3. ^ Country Paper: Ghana. 2008. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
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