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Asiamah, Isaac Kwame

Constituency: Atwima Mponua
Region: Ashanti Region
Party: NPP
Occupation/Profession: Varied Profession
Parliamentary Seat: minority

Date of Birth: December 24, 1975
Hometown: Tano Dumasi, Ashanti Region
Highest Education:  EMGL (GIMPA) 2008; BA (Geography and Political Science, UG, 2000. 
Profession: Researcher
Last Employment: Policy Analyst, NPP HQ, and NPP National Youth Secretary; MP (Jan. 2005 to date)
Marital Status: Married (with three children)
Religion: Christianity (Anglican)
Votes Obtained: 33,961 votes out of the 59,300 valid votes cast = 57.27%. Others: Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah (NDC) 24,872=41.94% and Frank Tachie Mensah (CPP) 467= 0.79%
 

 CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CUSTOMS

 
Religion and Ethnicity 
The constituency though has a number of seasonal workers is not heterogeneous because the population is not very diverse in terms of religion and ethnicity. The presence of abundant agricultural, mining and timber potentials has been the recipe for the influx of people from other parts of Ghana especially Northern Ghana and Western Region. Despite this the constituency can be said to be largely homogenous as the people of the constituency are mainly Asantes with pockets of other tribes mainly of Northern extraction. There are also others as Ewes, Gas and Fantis
 
The cultural beliefs of the people of Atwima Mponua are akin to what pertains in Akan communities in the country. The belief of the existence of Omnipotent God runs through the cultural perception of the people. The 2000 Census data show that in terms of religious affiliation of the people majority of the inhabitants are Christians (73.5%). 
 
Moslems constitute about 13.2% of the population while traditional religion practitioners and other faiths make up the rest. The traditional set up of the people accords the chief power and reverence in the communities. The chief in the traditional setting excises both executive and legislative powers within the stool boundaries and is assisted to rule by a well structured hierarchical council of elders including queen mothers.
 
The level of communal spirit in any community directly reflects the exercise of royal authority through the innate perception of love, respect etc that flow from the community leaders.
 
A prominent traditional festival of the people is the ‘AMANANO ASUOBO’. The week long celebration is consciously observed by the people to mark ‘spiritual purification by their ancestors’ and is therefore heralded by the spirit of cleanliness. It can be expected that the festival, if well organized, could be used to harness support for development activities of the people.
 
 
TOURISM ATTRACTIONS
Opportunities for tourism development exist at Sreso Tinpom in form of the Yaa Asantewaa Museum. 
There is also the Boaso River Falls in Nyinahin. 
The sites are not developed as their potentials are hindered by poor access roads and lack of hospitality facilities in the constituency. The hospitality industry is virtually non-existent in the constituency.
 
 
LOCATION AND SIZE
The Atwima Mponua constituency is located in the south-western part of the Ashanti Region covering an area of approximately 894.15 square kilometers. It lies between longitude 2o00’W and 2*32’W and latitude 6o32’N and 6o75’N.
 
The constituency shares boundary with eight Districts, principally in the South with the Amansie West District, Ahafo Ano South to the north, Atwima Nwabiagya in the East and Bibiani – Anwhiaso – Bekwai District of the Western Region. Nyinahin, the capital is more in the west of the west of the District, about 45km from Kumasi.
 
 
TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE
The constituency has undulating topography dissected by plains and slopes with average height of 76 meters above sea level. The high grounds are the portion of the Atiwa- Atakpame mountain range that lies to northwest of the constituency.
 
The constituency is drained by the Offin and Tano Rivers. These rivers flow continually throughout the year and can therefore be used for both domestic and agriculture purposes.
 
 
CLIMATE AND VEGETATION
Like most areas that lie in the wet semi-equatorial forest zone in Ghana, the constiyuency is marked by double maxima rainfall seasons. The major rainfall period begins from March to July peaking in May. The average annual rainfall for the major season is about 170 centimeters – 185 centimeters per year. The minor rainfall period begins in August tapering off in November with an average minor annual rainfall of 100centimeters- 125 centimeters per year.
 
December to February is dry, hot and dusty. Mean annual temperatures of 27oC in August and 31* in March are recorded in the district. The climate in the District is ideal for the cultivation of cash and food crops as cocoa, cola, oil palm, maize, cocoyam, plantain, cassava, rice and all kind of vegetables.
 
The vegetation is basically of the semi – deciduous type. The flora and fauna is diverse and composed of different species of both economic and ornamental tree species with varying heights and game and wildlife. Forest occurs along the major rivers and streams. There are three (3) forest reserves in the district stocked by such valuable timber species as wawa, sapele, esa, asafena etc. The reserves include the Asanayo, Gyemara, and Tano-Offin Forest Reserves.
 
 
GEOLOGY AND SOIL
The constituency is underlain by the Birimain and Tarkwaian rocks that are rich in minerals such as gold and bauxite. Gold bearing rocks are found at Ntroboso, Bontomuruso, Anwiafutu, Kyekyewere and Aniamoa. Bauxite is found in Nyinahin.
 
The soils in the constituency are generally suitable for agriculture. They are however classified into two (2) using their major characteristics as moderately suitable and marginally suitable soils: 1: Moderately suitable soils type and 2: marginally Suitable Soils soil type.

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