Ghana is a thriving democracy, and the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence in 1957.  It shares boundaries with Togo to the east, Cote d'Ivoire to the west and Burkina Faso to the north. A discovery of oil in the Gulf of Guinea in 2010, could make Ghana an important oil producer and exporter in the next few years.

The country's economy is dominated by agriculture, but it's also one of the leading exporters of cocoa in the world, as well as gold and timber. Ghana has more than one hundred ethnic groups - each with its own unique language. English, however, is the official language, a legacy of British colonial rule.(Source: