About The Region
The Eastern Region occupies a land area of 19,323 kilometres and constitutes 8.1 per cent of the total land area of Ghana. It is the sixth-largest region in terms of land area. It lies between latitudes 6o and 7o North and between longitudes 1o30’ West and 0o30’ East. The region shares common boundaries with the Greater Accra, Central, Bono East, Ashanti and Volta Regions.
Eastern Region is one of the sixteen administrative regions of Ghana with Koforidua as the administrative capital.
The Districts in the Colony that were located in the Eastern Region were the Akwapem-New Juaben and Birim which respectively had two and four native authorities. These Districts still belong to the Eastern Region of today but other areas have been added at different times after independence. There are 33 Municipalities and Districts in the region today.
The Eastern Region was part of the British Colony, one of the three administrative areas of the then Gold Coast until independence. The other two administrative areas were Ashanti and Northern Territories. The administrative areas were divided into Districts and the Districts were also divided into native authorities. Native authorities during the colonial regime corresponded to what was known as states or traditional areas and were headed by paramount chiefs (Census Office 1962).
Akans are the dominant inhabitants and natives of the Eastern region and Akan, Ewe, Krobo, Hausa and English are the main spoken languages. The Eastern region is the location of the Akosombo dam and the economy of the Eastern region is dominated by its high-capacity electricity generation (ghanadistricts.com).
Aburi Botanical Garden
Aburi Botanic Garden was officially opened in March 1890. Aburi Botanic Garden has had many roles over the years including plant introduction and teaching scientific methods of agriculture but today is one of the world’s 1,800 botanic gardens leading the fight to save plant diversity through, research, conservation of medicinal plants, plant multiplication, horticulture training and environmental education.
Prior to the establishment of the garden, the Gold Coast Government had built a sanatorium at the site for convalescing Government officials in 1875. In 1899, during the Governorship of His Excellency Sir W. Brandford-Griffith K.G.M.G., a few hectares of land was cleared in the vicinity of the sanatorium to begin the Botanic Department.
The clearing was done under the supervision of a German serving the Basel Mission. In 1890 Mr William Crowther, a student from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew arrived in the Gold Coast(now Ghana) as the first curator of the botanic garden.
Aburi Botanic Gardens
PO Box 23, Aburi
Telephone: 233 244074040
Fax: 233 2177 7821
Primary Email: [email protected]
Boti Falls – The Mating Falls of Ghana
Waterfalls always attract people from all over the country and around the world, and Boti Falls is no different. Located at Boti in the Eastern Region of Ghana, 17km northeast of Koforidua, is a Ghana attraction with a history. According to history, Boti Falls is a twin waterfall, specifically male and female which represents the upper and lower falls.
The locals believe that when the volume of water from the falls becomes high, it means the two falls are mating, so a mating ceremony is organised. A rainbow is usually formed during the ceremony when there is a continuous splashing of water.
Boti falls takes its course from a river known locally as Pompon. History has it that the fall was hidden in the forest until it was discovered by a white Catholic Priest.
Boti is seasonal falls, a double side-by-side falls during the high flow and at the bottom of 250 concrete steps. During full flow, you are surrounded by a canyon of falling water. It can be found in the forest of Huhunya. The larger one is mythically believed to be the male and the smaller one is the female.
A visit to Boti is actually a three-in-one pack: the umbrella rock, the three-headed palm tree and, of course, the falls themselves. It is the most visited fall in the Eastern Region.
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