Accra Stats

Photograph by Francis Kokoroko

Francis Kokoroko

Accra Stats

June 15, 2014 – City: Accra, Ghana

Population (city proper): 2.3 million

When Established: 15th century

City Nickname: Gateway to Africa

Big Business (Top economic sectors): Manufacturing, fishing, retail, finance

Best Known For: Once home to diplomats Shirley Temple Black and Kofi Annan

Pro Soccer Teams: Hearts of Oak Sporting Club, Black Stars

Fun Football Fact: The Hearts’s nickname is Phobia, derived from their ’60s winning streak when other clubs were afraid to play them

Famous Players: Arthur Wharton (UK’s first black football pro), Marcel DesaillyAbédi Pelé