Kumasi (formerly Coomassie , also Kumase ) is the capital of the Ashanti region in Ghana and with 1,468,797 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2005), the second largest city in the country. Live in the region in a radius of about 30 to 35 kilometers around the city, some 2.5 million people. The city is located 27 km northwest of Lake Bosumtwi , Ghana, the only true inland sea. At the southeast edge of town, on the road to Accra located, is the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
South central, it is surrounded by various jungle areas. It is also because of its colorful and diverse flora as garden city called. Kumasi is a city of students and has a University of Science and Technology , as an evangelical university, the Christian Service University College . 80 percent of people are Christians , 20 percent Muslims . trade , consumer goods , agriculture and mining are the leading industries in Kumasi, this is also probably the largest market in West Africa : Kejetia.
The inhabitants are proud of their football club sportenthusiastischen Kumasi Asante Kotoko . Kotoko does porcupine and is the emblem of the club, but it is actually a metaphor for the resilience, the Asante (Ashanti) people had been repeatedly proven in history. The team has been able to win several national and continental titles.
The city was in the late 17th Century by King Osei Tutu, the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom . Here he received, according to legend the golden stool , the symbol of unity and spirit of the Ashanti from the sky. Later, in principle, the ruler of Kumasi (the “Kumasihene”), the ruler of the Aschantireiches. The Aschantikönige (” Asantehene “) were the richest kings of West Africa, so that is a major attraction in the palace Manhyia today. in 1874 , the British destroyed in the wake of their fourth War against the Ashanti parts of the city, including the former Royal Palace. Kumasi is the capital of Ghana as a shadow. Above all, the population of Kumasi, Ghana’s Ashanti looks in focus.
Northeast of Kumasi are in the last ten villages of the Ashanti traditional buildings. Since 1980, they are by being included in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage protected.