WINNEBA

Winneba is a coastal town and the capital of Efutu Municipal District in the Central Region of Ghana. It’s is located 56 km (35 mi) west of the capital city of Ghana, Accra and 140 km (90 mi) east of Cape Coast. Winneba has a population of more than 60,331 and is a historic fishing port lying on the south coast.

During the Gold Coast era, it served as a port town between Europe and the-then Gold Coast.
Fishing and Services constitute the main occupation of the people. It is known for the Aboakyere deer-hunting festival and its New Year Carnival Mascarading Festival.[6] The town has a rich musical tradition and currently boasts of several renowned musical groups in the country, including the Winneba Youth Choir, the Akoo show Choir and many others. The University of Education Winneba (UEW) is one of the educational institutions in Ghana.

As a town lying on the Coast, Winneba was one of the first communities in the country to come in contact with European traders. It served as a port where foreign goods were discharged and transported to the interior and major commercial areas such as Agona Swedru and Akim-Oda.

Due to its role as harbor town and a place of early European settlers, it became the administrative capital of the then Central Province of the Gold Coast. The cocoa boom in the forest areas led to the relocation of major trading companies in the 1940s to Agona Swedru and this started affecting the growth of the town. The township suffered even greater loss when the Tema Harbour was completed; the port activities at Winneba were thus shut down and relocated to Tema. With that, most of the commercial activities also shifted from Winneba to Tema and Accra.
This development and many others led to the deprivation of the town, and have brought about varying degrees of hardships to the populace.

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