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Bosomtwe

Region: Ashanti Region
Member of Paliament: Osei-Mensah, Simon

 CULTURAL HERITAGE

The people of Bosomtwe are predominantly farmers.  However, those around the lake Bosomtwe combine fishing with farming.  The constituency has one paramount chief i.e. Kuntanase Traditional Area with about 10 divisional chiefs (Abrempong) in the whole district.
 
Sacred days in the district are Tuesdays and Fridays. These sacred days are mostly used for communal labour and other activities.  Communal spirit in most communities has dwindled and there is the need to revive the enthusiasm to facilitate development in the district. The chiefs and people of the district also recognize sacred days like Akwasidae, Fofie, Awukudae and    the people do not undertake any farming activities. 
 
Funeral celebration is one aspect of life that the people pay serious attention due to the high reverence the people give to the dead.  There are no serious negative cultural practices in the constituency.  Ethnic conflicts are uncommon; however, there are few chieftaincy conflicts in some parts of the constituency. 
 
Religious Compositions
The constituency has three main types of religion namely; Christian, Islamic and Traditional Religions. With the exception of Jachie, Pramso and Dida and a few communities that have large number of Moslems with concomitant mosques where they worship, all the others are mostly Christians. Traditional religion is also practiced in some of the smaller communities like Adum Afrancho. There is a well-known traditional religion located at Kuntanase popularly known as Nana Oboanipa. All known religious composition can be found in the constituency.
 
INVESTMENT POTENTIALS
Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma constituency (Now Bosomtwe) is endowed with a lot of resources, both natural and human. However, the greatest attention is deserved by the Lake Bosomtwe, which is one of the largest natural lakes in the world. This provides huge prospects for the tourism sector, with the potential to become one of the best tourist attractions in the country.
 
There are 24 villages surrounding the lake, but at the moment, only one settlement, Abono, a fishing community with population of 940, has its tourism potential relatively developed. Abono however offers a tourist’s delight. It is very accessible, with a first class road leading to the place from Kumasi, a 30-minute drive.
 
There are 24 hours of electricity supply, hotel accommodation, summerhuts, open terrace for sightseeing, boat cruises on the lake itself, and washroom facilities. The popularity of the lakefront among tourists has encouraged the construction of guest houses, an ultra modern restaurant and a conference hall. Other private investors are also developing hotels along the lakefront.
 
A number of foreigners, as well as Ghanaians, visit the lake every day, and during occasions such as public holidays, thousands of people, local and foreign, pour into the resort. However, the full potential of the lake for tourism purposes seems not to be fully exploited as the lakefront has plenty of spare capacity for the development of tourism facilities to meet rising demand.
 
Even as Lake Bosomtwe provides unique opportunities for investors in the tourism sector of the constituency, there are other tourist attractions well worth seeing too. For instance, at Jachie there is a sacred grove which is very fascinating, providing insights into the tradition and culture of the area. And at Piase, there is a waterfall which provides a spectacular view, and the serene atmosphere of the place proves to be very relaxing.
 
There are enormous quantities of various national resources available for exploitation by investors. There are identified gold deposits at Beposo, Nyameani and Aduampong, and clay deposits at Kokobriko, Oyoko and Nuaso, which create opportunities for the construction industry and pottery.
 
Sand, another important input for the construction industry, can be found at Abuontem, Jachie and Traboum, while Sewua and Krofrom are known to have copper deposits. At Foase, a vibrant woodcarving industry exists, with plentiful timber inputs, another situation which investors can take advantage of for profits.
 
The constituency also boasts of a host of medium – scale industrial activities which, if properly exploited, can contribute to the growth and profitability of the private sector, and by turn, the economic growth of a district, which is a very suitable destination for tourists and serious investors alike.
 
Mining 
Gold, Clay and Sand
 
Agriculture
Plantation farming, Teak, Jetropha, Oil Palm, Citrus, Vegetables etc.
 
TOURISM ATTRACTIONS
The Bosomtwe- Atwima- Kwanwoma constituency has one of the largest natural lakes in the World that is the Lake Bosomtwe that holds the prospect for booming tourists  in the country. There are about 24 surrounding villages by the Lake. At the moment, only one settlement (Abono), a fishing community with a population of about 1549 has its tourism potential relatively developed. 
 
There is a first class road leading to Abono from Kumasi, a 30-minute drive. There is also the availability of 24-hour electricity, hotel accommodation, restaurant, summer huts, open terraces for sight seeing, lake transport and toilet facilities. There is a telecommunication facility at Abono and Kuntanase, the district capital for tourists to use.
 
An average of 30 foreigners a day and at weekends 50 visit the lakeside. While an average of 60 Ghanaian citizens visit the place every week. On occasions (public holidays) thousands of foreigners and Ghanaian citizens visit the resort.
 
The major problems facing the lake tourism are the poor roads which have resulted in the inaccessibility to the other 23 surrounding villages along the lake (with the exception of Abono), inadequate potable water and lack of security guards to protect tourists.
 
Other tourist attraction sites in the constituency are the brass- made ornament (Abyssinia) at Krofofrom. The brass ornaments industry at Krofofrom attracts a lot of tourists from Europe. An average of 50 foreigners visit the place in a month to look at the fascinating brass products. The centre also trains interested foreigners in the handiworks.
 
LOCATION AND SIZE
 
Size
718 square kilometres
 
Location
Bosomtwe constituency is located at the central portion of the Ashanti Region. It lies within latitudes 6º 43’ North and longitudes 1º 46’ West. It spreads over a land area of 718sqkm. The District is bounded on the North by Atwima Nwabiagya and Kumasi Metropolis and on the East by Ejisu-Juaben Municipal. The southern section is bounded by Amansie West and East Districts. Kuntinase is the constituency Capital.
 
TOPOLOGY ANG DRAINAGE
With the exception of the Lake that has an outer ridge that maintains a constant distance of 10 km from the center of the lake and stands at an elevation of 50 to 80m, the rest of the constituency cannot boast of any unique topographical features. The drainage pattern of Bosomtwe constituency is dendritic. The rivers flow in a north- south direction. Around Lake Bosomtwe, there is an internal drainage where the streams flow from surrounding highlands into the lake. The rivers are perennial. They also form a dense network due to the double maxima rainfall regime. Notable rivers in the district are rivers Oda, Butu, Siso, Supan and Adanbanwe.
 
CLIMATE AND VEGETATION
The constituency falls within the equatorial zone with a rainfall regime typical of the moist semi- deciduous forest zone of the country. There are two well- defined rainfall seasons. The main season occurs from March to July with a peak in June. The minor season starts from September to November with a peak in October. August is cool and dry. The main dry season occurs in December to March during which the desiccating harmattan winds blow over the area.
 
The natural vegetation of the area falls within the semi- deciduous forest zone of Ghana, which is characterized, by plant species of the Celtis- Triplochetol Association. However, due to extensive and repeated farming activities in the past, the original vegetation has been degraded to mosaic of secondary forest, thicket and forb regrowth and various abandoned farms with relics of food crops and vegetables.
 
GEOLOGY ANG SOIL
The Kumasi-Offin and Bomso-Offin Compound Areas have similar characteristics. They are well drained and made of quartz gravels and iron- stone nodules in the sub- soil. They are mostly found in the western end and middle- belt of the district respectively. They support both cash and food crops such as coffee, cocoa, oil palm, citrus, vegetables, maize just to mention a few.
 
The constituency is endowed with a number of resources, which are potentials for development. Some of these resource potentials are tapped whilst others are untapped. The resources include gold deposits, rocks, sand and stone deposits, clay deposits and forest resources. Gold deposits are located in Adjuampong, Ampabame No. 1, Ahenema Kokoben, Nkoranza, Trede, Beposo, Nyameani, within the lake, Trabuom, Kyekyebon and Adu- Wamase. Diamond deposits are also located in River Afoa, Atasuo, Atetesua, Obo and Kwabena.

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