The Nandom Market
The Nandom Market

People and Places: Nandom Market

Nandom is the capital town of the Nandom Municipality of the Upper West Region of Ghana.


 Until 2012 when it became a district by itself, Nandom used to be part of the Lawra-Nandom District. It is one of the 11 districts that make up the Upper West Region. It became a municipality in 2020.

The population of the municipality, according to the 2021 Population and Housing Census, stands at 51,328, with 25,577 males and 25,751 females.

It is predominantly a Christian community, as the majority of the population professes the Catholic faith, with only a small proportion of the population being Muslims and traditionalists.

The majority of the people are engaged in agriculture and trading, with most households involved in crop farming and the rearing of animals.


Nandom is home to the St Theresa’s Minor Basilica, established in 1936 by the Catholic Missionaries of Africa. The edifice is one of the oldest and most iconic infrastructure that stands tall among the wonders of architecture across the world.

Aside from the Basilica, the Nandom Market is another place of interest. It is considered the second largest in the region after the Wa Central Market.

Unlike most markets in other parts of the country with specific market days, the Nandom Market and others in the region are organised on a six-day cycle. The market attracts people from smaller villages around, as well as neighbouring Burkina Faso.

On a typical market day, the brisk human activities in between the makeshift sheds make an interesting scene.

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