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BRIEF PROFILE OF THE DISTRICT

Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam (AEE) is one of the seveenteen [17] districts in the Central Region of Ghana. It is rural and covers an estimated land area of 541.3 square kilometres which is 5% of the Central Regional land area. Assin district forms the boundary on the West, the South by Mfantsiman district, on the north-west by Asikuma and to the east by Gomoa district.

 

Ajumako is the district capital and is about 40 kilometres Northeast or the Cape Coast Municipality. Akans predominantly inhabit AEE district. There are however few migrant Ewes, Gas, Krobos and people from the northern sector of Ghana. The District was established by the Legislative Instrument (L.I) 1383


The population of the district according to 2010 population and housing census stands at 138,046 with 64,418 male and 73,628 female.

Cultural and Historical Heritage

There are five paramouncies in Ajumako Enyan Essiam District. These are Ajumako, Denkyira, Essiam, Enyan Abaasa and Enyan Maim. The main cultural festival is the Akwambo that is celebrated yearly between the months of August and September. Durbars of chiefs and people are organized to raise funds for community initiated development programmes. This festival usually attracts both natives and non-natives to come home and participate actively in these festivals. The Enyan speaking Fantes form the greatest proportion of the population and have three of the paramouncies at Enyan Abaasa, Enyan Denkyira and Enyan-Maim.

 

Economic Activities

The main economic activity of the people in the district is farming and it is practiced alongside other forms of economic activities. Out of the total households, there are 77.1 percent into Agriculture, mainly crop farming. Major crops grown in the district are cassava, maize, plantain, citrus and vegetables (garden eggs and pepper). Non-traditional crops such as cashew and pineapples are also grown especially in the Mando and Abaasa zones. Besides farming, agro processing activities are spotted around the district. The most predominant of these are the processing of oil palm fruits to oil and cassava to gari either in groups or as individuals. Small and micro-scale industrial activities in woodcarving, masonry, carpentry and auto-mechanic are also carried out. The major economic activities in the service sector are ladies hairdressing, barbering, tele-communication services, few guest houses and "chop" bars.

 

Natural Resources

There are a few timber resources and some mineral deposits including gold, Mica and Kaolin. Mica is available for about 13km stretch from Ampia-Ajumako to the west. Kaolin is also found around the Ochi River, about 13 km stretch between Ampia-Ajumako and Kwanyarko, and Gold (Nkoso) at Nkwamase in the Enyan-maim zone.

 

Tourism

There are a few significant natural and artificial environments which if properly developed could serve as attraction to tourist.

These are indicated below:

· Wood carving and Bamboo Beads at Kokoben, Onwane, Enyan-Miam and Bisease.

· Akwambo Festivities for all the 5 Paramouncies - Ajumako, Abaasa, Denkyira, EnyanMaim and Breman Essiam

· The Great Waterfalls, Ofabir Akotogua

· Museum at Ampiah-Ajumako

· Tilapia river at Akotogua

· The Crocodile Dam and Beautiful Sandy Flatland along Ochi River

· The three-headed Palm Tree, Enyan-Abaasa

· The Sacred Bell with unknown inscriptions at Breman Essiam

 

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