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GHANA. The first Muslims to enter the area of modern Ghana were Dyula (Wangara) traders from the metropolitan districts of Mali. Attracted into the Voltaic region in the late fourteenth century by the gold trade from the Akan forest, these merchants established themselves in the numerous trading colonies that developed on the routes leading to the greater markets of the western Sudan. Their major settlement in the Voltaic region was Bighu. Leading Muslim families of Wa to the northwest also clai ...more

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