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Kekeli is 6 years old and lives in Ghana.
I live with my mother and father in the Hohoe area. The primary language where I live is English. My mother and father are sometimes employed as farmers. At home, the chore I'm responsible for is running errands. I like art and/or drawing and ball games. My favourite activity at church is Sunday school. I am in the equivalent of kindergarten. My favourite subject is Poetry.
The Republic of Ghana is a lush, tropical country in western Africa, once known as the Gold Coast for its rich deposits of gold and diamonds. Miles of beaches line the coasts, and lush inland forests contain a diverse array of native wildlife.
Most of Ghana's 30 million people live in cities, and the country is one of the freest, most stable and well-developed countries in Africa. About two-thirds of Ghanaians are Christian, while the rest are mostly Muslim or follow Indigenous beliefs. English is the official language, but some people speak native African languages such as Akan, Dangme, Ewe and Ga. Many people also speak French, as many of Ghana's neighbours speak French, and numerous people from those countries have sought refuge in Ghana during periods of war and unrest.
Ghana was the first colonial country in Africa to achieve independence, and despite its small size and small population, it has been a leading country for the continent. Trade has been a major source of its wealth and importance, first in gold, then in slaves and more recently in cacao, the source of cocoa. Although it has been a political leader since its independence in 1957, spurring thirty more countries to follow its lead and declaring their independence in the next decade, the transition was not without struggle. Up through the 1980s, the country had a series of bloody and bloodless coups. Finally, in 1992, a new constitution establishing a multi-party government was adopted and remains in place today.
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