THE PROFILE OF EJURA

Ejura is the municipal capital of Ejura-Sekyedumase Municipality in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. It’s the twenty-fourth most populous settlement in Ghana, with a population of 70,807people (World Gazetteer, 2012). Ejura is the largest maize producing area in the Ashanti Region of Ghana and often referred to as the food basket of Ghana. It is located in the far north of the region, near the Afram River. Ejura/Sekyedumase Municipality is located within longitude 1˚5W and 1˚39’ W and latitudes 7˚9’ N and 7˚36’N. It has a large land size of about 1,782.2sq.km. (690.781sq.miles). It constitutes about 7.3% of the region’s total land area with about one third of its land area lying in the Afram Plains. In the district lie the Awora, Pru and Abremasu forest reserves. Ejura is linked to towns such as Kumasi, Tachiman and Atebubu by highways.

Ejura municipality has multiplicity of religious groups where Christianity is the major religion in the area. Christianity constitutes about 81.7% of the populace, while 16.9% is Islam with the remaining 1.4 belonging to the other religious groups. Statistics reveal that 75% of the Christians are literate, while 22% of Muslims are literate. Unity seems to exist among the diverse cultures yet the interest of the groups’ demands careful consideration especially in development programs as this could delay the process of consensus building. The major ethnic group in the Municipality is the Akan, representing 60.5% of the population.37.3% are Northern, 1.4% constitutes Ewes, with the remaining 0.8% constituting other ethnic groups. With Akans being the dominant ethnic group; it therefore implies Twi language can be the effective medium of communication. In linking ethnicity to literacy level, it revealed that 70.7% of the Akan tribe are literate and 34% of the people from the three Northern regions are literate.

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