Wa overview

The city Wa has an interesting historical link to the trans-Sahara slave trade. Located in the Upper West Region of Ghana, Wa had been inhabited for several hundreds of years and later by migrant traders who settled there to participate in the lesser-publicized human trade. It was home and the final resting place to Babatu, the most notorious raider of the period, as well as several other slave merchants.

Although Wa is growing as an urban town, the city which serves as the capital of the region is still largely an agricultural community, and the main produce are corn, millet, yam, okra, shea-butter, groundnut, and rice. Wa is also a major transportation hub for the region with roads connecting it to the Upper East Region, Kumasi and neighboring Burkina Faso.

Wa gets pretty hot, especially around February and March with temperatures reaching up to 40°C. The rainy season lasts between May and October, and Harmattan, a relatively cool and dry period with dusty wind follows. Wa is famous for its staple food called T-Zed, which is an abbreviation of the original name in Hausa, tuo zaafi. It is also known for the fermented millet/sorghum drink, pito.

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Wa has some interesting attractions which are imprints of the effects of the trans-Sahara slave trade and Islam on the community. The Palace of the Wa Naa, the Central Mosque, and the two mosques in nearby towns of Nakore and Dondoli are definitely MUST SEEs, as they showcase the classic Sudanese-style mud brick architecture. The Central Market is a great place to explore for your shopping needs. There are graves of some the notorious slave raiders worth seeing. Close by, Ombo Mountain in Kaleo has a history, while getting to the top offers beautiful views of the environment. Remnants of the Slave Defense Wall built in Gwollu, about 70km away and the Slave Caves which served as a refuge from slave raiders are worth exploring. Gbelle Games Reserve and Bird Sanctuary, Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary, and the Black Volta River are also worth seeing.

Food and Drinks in Wa

Wa is famous for its staple food called T-Zed, which is an abbreviation of the original name in Hausa, tuo zaafi. It is also known for the fermented millet/sorghum drink, pito. There are a couple of good places to get food to eat in the city, especially at the hotels. The restaurants are relatively cheaper options. There is also a small community of expats in the city. Drinking spots are available in several parts, with most of the eating places doubling as drinking spots. Nightlife is fairly average.

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