Kasoa: A peri-urban town in the Central Region


Stories and facts

Kasoa, formerly Odupongkpehe, is located in the Awutu Senya East Municipal District of Ghana's Central Region, about 36 kilometers west of Kotoka International Airport along the Accra-Cape Coast Road.

With an elevation of 75 meters, it experiences dry seasons from November to March and rainy seasons from April to October. Initially inhabited by the Awutu tribe, it now hosts a diverse mix of ethnicities and has grown rapidly to an estimated population of 370,384 in 2010 due to rural-urban migration and overflow from the Accra-Tema area.

Governed by both traditional chieftaincy, led by Paramount Chief Nai Odupong Awushie Tetteh II, and modern administrative institutions, Kasoa faces challenges in land ownership, agriculture, and market infrastructure. Agriculture, particularly cassava products, remains central to the economy, but issues like traffic congestion, market space, and low financial literacy persist.

NGOs like GRASP provide microfinance to support female entrepreneurs. Kasoa's transition from a rural settlement to a peri-urban town highlights Ghana's rapid urbanization, with ongoing efforts to address infrastructural and socio-economic challenges for sustainable growth.

Explore the history of Kasoa township below.



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