Tamale is a large town and capital of the Tamale Metropolitan with which it is coterminous Area, and Northern Region of Ghana. Tamale is the third most populous settlement in Ghana, in terms of population, with a population of 537,986 people (2012 census).
The town is located 600 km north of Accra.Tamale is mostly populated by Dagomba people who speak Dagbani and are followers of Islam, as reflected by the multitude of mosques in the town, most notably the central mosque.
Located in the northern part of the country, the town is like a conglomeration of villages where one can find an architectural blend of traditional mud houses and modern buildings. While the majority of the houses are roofed with corrugated iron sheets, a good number of them are still roofed with grass. Many of these mud block compounds have TV antennae and electricity wires. The University for Development Studies (UDS) has two campuses located in Tamale and one in nearbye Nyankpala.
Due to its central location, Tamale serves as a hub for all administrative and commercial activities in the region, doubling as the political, economic and financial capital of the region. The center of Tamale hosts regional branches of Ghana's financial institutions and a considerable number of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), CARE International, ActionAid and World Vision, so much so that Tamale is often referred to as the NGO capital of Ghana.
Tamale has developed and transformed very fast within the last few years and is reputed to be the fastest growing settlement in West Africa.The new dimension of Tamale's development is the rush by various companies to open branches in the town. The hospitality industry has grown significantly with new hotels and guest houses built around the town.
Amongst Tamale's new and modern facilities include the newly-constructed