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KUMASI DOWNTOWN

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Kumasi (historically spelled Comassie or Coomassie) is a city in Ashanti, South Ghana. Kumasi is located near Lake Bosumtwi, in a Rain Forest region, and is the commercial, industrial and cultural capital of Asanteman. Kumasi is approximately 300 miles (480 km) north of the Equator and 100 miles (160 km) north of the Gulf of Guinea. Kumasi is alternatively known as “The Garden City” because of its many beautiful species of flowers and plants.It is also called Oseikrom

Kumasi features a tropical wet and dry climate, with relatively constant temperatures throughout the course of the year. Kumasi averages around 1400 mm of rain per year.

Solar Panels and Solar Energy in Kumasi, Ashanti.

The city almost features two different rainy seasons, a longer rainy season from March through July and a shorter rainy season from September to November.

In actuality, the months of February through to November is one long wet season, with a relative lull in precipitation in August. Similar to the rest of West Africa, Kumasi experiences the harmattan during the “low sun” months. Lasting from December to February, the harmattan is the primary source of the city’s dry season.

Asanteman

The city rose to prominence in 1695 when it became capital of the Ashanti Confederacy due to the activities of its ruler Osei Tutu. The ruler of Kumasi, known as the Asantehene, also served as ruler of the Confederacy. With their 1701 victory over Denkyira the Asante confederacy became the primary state among the Akans. Parts of the city, including the Royal Palace, were destroyed by British troops in the Third Anglo-Ashanti War of 187

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