Ashanti Region

Capital: Kumasi

Ashanti Region is famous for cultural pomp and pageantry, it is the ancient kingdom of Asante founded in 1695 by King Osei Tutu. Adae and Akwasidae festivals take place when his subject’s honour the Ashanti King attired in all his gold and traditional regalia. Carried resplendent on a colourful palanquin and shaded with canopies, the king is paraded in the royal courtyards, accompanied by drumming, horn blowing and dancing. Kumasi is a sprawling city set in a forest belt with rolling hills. It is also home to the largest street market in West Africa. Agriculture, logging and mining are the major industries. Ashanti Goldfields at Obuasi is the world's richest goldmine. There are many intriguing shrines in the region. Kumasi has a choice of restaurants, excellent accommodation and a vibrant nightlife.