Built in the 1930s largely by local artisans under the supervision of European Missionaries, the St. Theresa's Minor Basilica is believed to be the largest stone structure in the whole of West Africa.
It is one of the 4 Basilicas in Ghana and one of 23 Basilicas in the whole of Africa. It can take up to about 3, 000 people when it is filled to capacity. The first time it underwent a major rehabilitation was in the late 90s and most of the mahogany woods that were initially used to roof it when it was first built had to be used again because they were still in good condition.
The St. Theresa's Minor Basilica is one of the few tourists attractions in the Nandom Municipality. It is strategically located in the centre of the Nandom town on a hill partly exposed to passers-by but surrounded by trees including mahogany, nim, and mangoes among others. Indeed, Nandom has a predominantly Roman Catholic population (about 80%), many of whom worship in this historical monument on special occasions.
What is a Basilica?
A basilica is simply an important church building designated by the Pope (Head of the Roman Catholic Church in Rome) because it carries special spiritual, historical, and/or architectural significance. It is said that once a church of the Roman Catholic is named a basilica, it cannot lose its basilica status.
The following are the three other Basilicas one can find in Ghana;
St Joseph's Minor Basilica at Elmina in the Central Region.
St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
Basilica of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows at Navrongo in the Upper East Region.
What is Ghana month?
The month of March is Ghana's birthday. On March 6th 1957,Ghana gained independence from British rule. Thus, every year, the month of March is dedicated to celebrating what Ghana has achieved since independence. The whole month is also used to showcase our tourism potential, promote our local delicacies, beverages, fashion, etc.
Other Interesting Facts about Nandom
The Upper West Region has 11 Districts and Nandom is not an exception, Nandom one of the towns that produces significant number of doctors annually. One of the fast growing districts was made a municipality in 2019 alongside other 3 districts including the then Sissala East, Lawra, Nandom and Jirapa districts.
1. Nandom is one of the few places in Northern Ghana where one can get the best pito (local beverage).
2. Nandom is also known for the best in local delicacies such as TZ, sense/koose (fried bean cake), topaane/tubaani, zevaar sawelle, bambara beans, etc.
3. Nandom has some of the most beautiful, hard working and intelligent women one can find in this world. Did you know that, Ing Catherine Kuupol Kuutor (Mrs), one of Ghana's leading female metallurgist and the first female metallurgical manager of Gold Fields West Africa is from Nandom? Did you know that, Miss Ghana 2018 winner, Margaret Dery and 2020 GMB Upper West Region representative Miss Molly Maalinuo Dasoberi are also natives of Nandom?
4. A chunk of Ghana's medical doctors are believed to hail from Nandom. From the wards and consulting rooms of Korle Bu, Komfo Anokye, Tamale and Cape Coast Teaching Hospitals are highly trained medical professionals who hail from villages under this town which is struggling to get doctors to serve her people. God bless all the doctors and other medical professionals at the St. Theresa's Hospital in Nandom.
5. Nandom was carved out from the then Lawra District in 2012. Soon after it was separated from Lawra it was upgraded to the status of a Municipality alongside Lawra, her senior sister. It's believed to be one of the fastest growing local assemblies in Ghana in terms of infrastructure development ranging from bituminous roads, electricity, schools and colleges, potable water, good hygiene and sanitation, etc.
6. Nandom was the first local assembly in Ghana to attain an open defecation free status March 2019. Defecating in the open or bushes is a crime punishable by a fine.
7. Nandom has 88 communities and a human population of over 60,000.