The United States and Ghana have a close and enduring friendship rooted in our mutual commitment to freedom and democratic values. While our official bilateral relationship dates back to Ghana’s independence in 1957, our unofficial, personal ties go back even further.
Thousands of Ghanaians have been educated in the United States. Through the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and other exchange programs, thousands more talented Ghanaians have developed their leadership skills and gotten to know America. Meanwhile, Ghana attracts hundreds of American students each year seeking to experience the rich history and culture of West Africa. These types of cross-cultural exchanges have created long-lasting networks across the United States and Africa.