You're bound for Ghana, a tropical country located in Western Africa, four degrees north of the Equator. In fact, Ghana is close to one of the earth's geographical centers: the Prime Meridian, which runs through the country and intersects the Equator 380 miles due south of Accra.
Ghana's borders, like the borders of the other countries in West Africa, were defined by the colonies the Europeans carved out on the continent in the 19th century. The African kingdoms that predated the arrival of the Europeans, such as Ancient Ghana, covered wider territories.
The Europeans called this region the Gold Coast since they were first attracted by its gold deposits. Once settled, they derived more wealth from the development of the slave trade into the infamous Triangular Trade that connected the economies of Europe, the New World and Africa at the expense of Africans and African societies.
Nowadays, Ghana is held as "Africa's Golden Child." Not only was it the first West African country to gain its independence (1957), it has maintained a multi-party democratic form of government ever since and has developed its economy despite a series of setbacks.