Alternatively known as Cape Coast, it is the capital of the Central region and the sixth most populous metropolitan district in Ghana. It was founded by the people of Oguaa. The Central region was the first area in the country to make contact with the Europeans. Interestingly, Cape Coast was also the capital of the Gold Coast till 1877 when the capital was moved to Accra. For nearly a century; it was involved in a back and forth tug of war of ownership among the Portuguese, Dutch, English, Danes and Swedes, all of whom wanted to claim control of the city.
Cape Coast was originally a Guan settlement that was taken over by the Fantes. The vernacular name of Cape Coast is “Gua” meaning “market”. It boasts of being home to the crème de la crème of educational institutions such as University of Cape Coast (popularly called Cape Vars), Holy Child Senior High School, Aggrey Memorial School, Wesley Girls Senior High School, St. Augustine’s Senior High School, Ghana National College, and many others. Also found in Cape Coast are historic sites such as the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles, Forts Victoria and William, cultural sites such as the Posuban shrines, and other places such as the Kotokuraba market.
Oguaa; as is affectionately called by the locals is not only rich in history and culture, but is also an interesting place to be. The locals even have an appellation for Oguaa; Want to hear it?:
Oguaa Ak)t)! (Oguaa crabs)
Ak)t) dwedwerba ah, wodan ban etu ano. (Tiny tiny crabs that guarded their hole)
Eduasa ah w)nye apem koe ah apem enntum h)n! (The thirty that fought a thousand but the thousand could not defeat them)
Eyee Oguaa den? Na Oguaa annye wo bi? (What can you do to Oguaa that Oguaa would not do to you?)
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