Tamale, a bustling regional capital located about 400 miles north of the Atlantic coast in West Africa, is the fastest-growing city in West Africa and the fourth largest in Ghana.

The economy is predominantly agricultural, but Tamale is also a center for manufactured goods and a regional marketing, administrative, educational and medical center.

The history of Tamale can be broken into three periods: African rule, British colonialism, and finally independence. Tamale was founded in the early 1907 by the British as an administrative center for the Northern Territories of the Gold Coast. The city remained in this position until Ghana achieved independence, the first country in Africa to do so, from Britain on March 6, 1957.