To learn more about how you can take part in and support this international partnership:
Please email us! Tamale Sister Cities Committee - [email protected]
Tamale Committee Co-Chairs: Aukram Burton & Faisal Adam

Our Cultural Ambassador Intern in Ghana visited Louisville in February!

Check out our Calendar page for more information.

Sister City Relationship

The Tamale-Louisville relationship was initiated by a group of interested African Americans in the mid-1970’s and made official at the 1979 Sister Cities International Conference, held in Louisville. Over the decades, the city relationship has waxed and waned with committee leadership.
  • In 1984, the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky established a Companion Diocese relationship, which furthered the growth of the Sister Cities relationship. Several churches in Louisville and Western Kentucky established relationships with parishes in central or northern Ghana. In 1992, the committee helped found the African Cultural Center at the Shawnee Branch Library on West Broadway.
  • In 1999, 35 visitors from Ghana came to Louisville for the Damba Festival and an Economic Development Summit. Nearly 100 Americans and Northern Ghanaians living in the United States and Canada participated in the Festival and Summit.
  • In that same year, the committee established a Tamale Scholarship and Aid Fund to raise money for the educational and humanitarian needs of students. Currently over 200 students have been awarded this scholarship and recipients have also graduated from college.
  • Beginning 2009 Kentucky Country Day (KCD) initiated a 10-year commitment to provide drinking water at Tamale schools, so far six water catchment systems have been constructed, which allows female students to remain in class instead of fetching water for the male students. In 2018, KCD visited Tamale again and helped build a playground at a local school.
  • During the 2017 summer, Louisville hosted both the Minister of Education for Ghana and the Mayor of Tamale. While they both were here for different purposes, their presence in our city attests to the importance of the Louisville-Tamale relationship.

Opportunity for Students!

If you are a University of Louisville student interested in studying or researching in Ghana and would like information on scholarships, please contact us at [email protected]

Existing Partnerships & Links

History & Culture

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.

The architecture of the city is a mixture of traditional and modern styles. Ornate mosques, modern and historic, contrast with the region’s conical mud houses. One of the city’s recent architectural accomplishments was the construction of the new sports stadium, primarily used for the soccer team, Real Tamale United.

Throughout Tamale, and its administrative region, English is considered the official language, but in daily life most people use Dagbani, the language of the Dagomba people. The Dagomba people make up the largest ethnic group, but other large groups in the North include Nanumba, Mampursi, Goja, and Komkombas.

Fast Facts
  • City Founded in: Ancient times
  • Population: 360,579
  • Language: English & Dagbani
  • Mayor: Iddrisu Musah

National Holidays
  • New Year’s Day (January 1st)
  • Independence Day (March 6th)
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • May Day (May 1st)
  • Africa Unity Day (May 25th)
  • Ramadan
  • Republic Day (July 1st)
  • Damba Festival
  • Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day/Founder’s Day (September 21st)
  • Farmer’s Day (December 7th)
  • Christmas Day (December 25th)
  • Boxing Day (December 26th)

Highlights/Tourist Attractions

  • Mole National Park
  • Larabanga Mosque
  • Larabanga Mystery Stone
  • Nalerigu Defence Wall
  • Tongo-Tengzuk Cultural Landscape and Sacred Shrines

Interested in visiting Tamale? These are helpful links:

To learn more about how you can take part in and support this international partnership:
Please email us! Tamale Sister Cities Committee - [email protected]>