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About

61
Thousand - Total Population
30
Thousand - Male Population
31
Thousand - Female Population
968.36
Total Land size in square kilometres

Welcome to the Shai-Osudoku District Assembly

“The Shai-Osudoku District Assembly exists to create the enabling environment for the equitably provision of services for the total development of the district in collaboration with all stakeholders”.

The District is located in the South-Eastern part of Ghana (proximity to Accra) in the Greater Accra Region. It has a total land size of 968.36 square kilometres representing 29.84% of the entire land space of the Greater Accra Region.  The District share boundaries with seven other districts which North Tongu District, Yilo and Manya Kribo Districts, Akuapim North Municipal, Kpone Katamanso Municipal, Ningo-Prampram District and Ada West District. The population of the district was projected to be 62,131 with males (30,258) and females (31,873) by December, 2017. Demographically, persons aged between 15-16 constitute the majority of people in the District (56.7%).

Geo-Physical Characteristics

Location and Size

The District is located in the South-Eastern part of Ghana (proximity to Accra) in the Greater Accra Region. It has a total land size of 968.36 square kilometres representing 29.84% of the entire land space of the Greater Accra Region.  The District share boundaries with seven other districts which North Tongu District, Yilo and Manya Kribo Districts, Akuapim North Municipal, Kpone Katamanso Municipal, Ningo-Prampram District and Ada West District. The population of the district was projected to be 62,131 with males (30,258) and females (31,873) by December, 2017. Demographically, persons aged between 15-16 constitute the majority of people in the District (56.7%).

Climate and Vegetation

The Shai-Osudoku District, like other districts in the region is hot and dry.  Temperatures are appreciably high for most parts of the year with the highest during the main Dry Season (November-March). The absolute maximum temperature is 400c.  The mean annual rainfall ranges from 762.5mm-1,220mm.  The climate is suitable for a number of tropical crops and livestock.

Geology and Soil

The land is punctuated with a few prominent inselbergs, that is, Yongua inselberg (427m) and the Shai-Hills (289m).  The rocky hills with the large boulders provide immense potentials for stones quarrying which is already a major pre-occupation in the district.  The Akwapim Mountain in the north western parts of the District presents a striking relief feature of outstanding natural beauty.  The eastern foothills of the mountain have fairly deep but well-drained fertile soils. The District also has a 22km stretch of the Volta River passing through it.

Social and Cultural

The people of Shai-Osudoku are lively and hospitable folks who hold their various cultural and social practices in high esteem. One major practice in the District is the popularly known puberty rite is the “Dipo” rite. It is a home craft course organized for girls in the District to usher them into womanhood. There are traditional drumming and dances performed by the people that make up their uniqueness. Some of these are the talking drum, Kpanlogo, Obunu, Lafa, Borborbo, Agbadza, Kinka, Aziko, Klama, etc.

Chieftaincy

The District comprises of two traditional areas, which are the Shai and Osudoku Traditional Areas. Each traditional area is headed by a Paramount Chief with assistance from various chiefs that make up the traditional councils. These traditional authorities help to settle disputes, mobilise the people for communal activities and plan developmental projects that propel the development process of the District.

Ethnicity

The people of the Shai-Osudoku District are predominantly Dangmes. The District is predominantly made up of two Ethnic groups namely; Shai and Osudoku. The principal language spoken by the people is Dangme.

Festivals

Annual festivals are held between the months September and October. The Shai and Osudoku traditional areas celebrate Ngmayem and Aadegbor festivals respectively. The Ngmayem Festival signifies abundance of food or end of hunger.

Economy

Agriculture is the mainstay of the of the District’s economy employing 58.6% of the working population. Crop farming, fish farming and livestock rearing is prominent in the District. The major crops produced in the District are mango, rice and cassava. Golden Exotics Limited situated at Asutsuare is also involved in mass production of banana. The 22km stretch of the Volta River (freshwater) and other streams enables the production of tilapia, catfish and other freshwater fish species. A major fish producing company in the District is Fujian Chinese Company. The types of animals reared in the District include cattle, goats and pigs. These animals are produced on both subsistence and commercial basis. Some women in the District also engage in petty trading. A section of the youth in the district also engage in stone quarrying.

Tourism

The Shai-Osudoku District is endowed with diverse tourism potentials. Though not fully tapped, the tourism sector constitute one of the most promising sectors of the District’s economy. Not only does the sector’s vast potential has the capacity to reduce poverty but can also create wealth for the people of the District and by extension, Ghana as a whole.  Some of the prominent tourist sites in the District are, the Proverbial and Historical Dodowa Forest, Chenku Waterfall, Shai Hills Resource Reserve, Guggisberg Memorial Hall, the Frederikssted Plantation, the Tokpo Baobab Forest, Mount Yongua of Asutsuare and the Osuyom Mountains and Ancestral home.