Ghana today is a West African Country, located on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. Modern-day Ghana emerged from then Gold Coast which was a colony under British Colonial rule.
But before its coming into being, there existed an empire which today lies about four hundred miles northwest of modern Ghana.
It is important to know however that both territories are geographically different.
Emphasizing this in this episode of People & Places on GhanaWeb TV, Senior Museums and Monuments Officer, Samuel Amegah Jnr. told Wonder Ami Hagan that the Ancient Ghana Empire and modern-day Ghana are not one and the same.
“The Ancient Ghana Empire or Kingdom and modern-day Ghana – sometimes, people do confuse the Ancient Ghana Empire with the modern-day territory called Ghana; and these are two separate geographical areas.
“This was an Empire that existed between the 8th and 12th century but at around the 13th century, it was destroyed by a more sophisticated empire which is the Mali Empire. That territory has been absorbed but the name Ghana was actually declared on this nation when we gained independence from our colonial masters.
We take a look at the difference between the old Ghana Empire and modern-day Ghana:
What is now known as Wagadou, the Ghana Empire was located between Southern Mauritania, Senegal, and Mali.
Though the origination of the empire is not quite known, history has it that, a number of clans of the Soninke people, (in modern Senegal) came together under a leader with semi-divine status, called Dinga Cisse.