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Yet, the Ghanaian people have maintained a society free from serious internal conflict and continue to develop their considerable natural, human, and cultural resources. Ghana is located on the west coast of Africa, approximately midway between Senegal and Cameroon.It is bordered by Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Burkina Faso, Togo, and the Atlantic Ocean.The land surface of 92,100 square miles (238,540 square kilometers) is dominated by the ancient Precambrian shield, which is rich in mineral resources, such as gold and diamonds.The land rises gradually to the north and does not reach an altitude of more than 3,000 feet (915 meters).The southern forest is interrupted by a low-rainfall coastal savanna that extends from Accra eastward into Togo. The population in 2000 was approximately 20 million and was growing at a rate of 3 percent per year.Approximately two-thirds of the people live in the rural regions and are involved in agriculture.It is the main language of government and instruction.
Ghanaian politicians marked this important transition by replacing the territory's colonial label with the name of a great indigenous civilization of the past.
The Volta River and its basin forms the major drainage feature; it originates in the north along two widely dispersed branches and flows into the sea in the eastern part of the country near the Togolese border.