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.