Tema, Ghana

Tema, Ghana, Africa became Norfolk’s 9th Sister City in December 2010. Tema has a population of 210,000 and is located in the Greater Accra region that compares to the population of Hampton Roads with 1.5 million. We share cultural connections, geographic similarities as well as English as the official and commercial language. As the majority of African Americans originated in West Africa, Ghana represents an important reconnection portal. Tema Port has become an ideal port for the handling of transit cargo for the landlocked countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Ghana is considered the most politically and economically stable country on the continent of Africa.

  • Official in-bound delegation from Tema, Ghana for Twinning Ceremony, Nov. 29-Dec.  4, 2010
  • Trade, Business, Educational , Green Technologies and Community Symposia,  2010
  • City-wide Twinning Ceremony, the Waterside –December 1, 2010
  • Co-sponsorship of official twinning dinner with City of Norfolk, December 1, 2010
  • Summer 2012 Outbound delegation to Tema
  • February 2015 – textbook drive completed and books sent to schools in Tema
  • March 2016 Experience Ghana
  • February 2017 Inbound Trade Delegation

Tema in the News
Sister Cities: Opportunities for Expanding the Economy (November 2012)
Sister City Celebration: Norfolk and Tema. TV coverage (December 2010)
Part Two:Norfolk Delegation Makes Goodwill Trip to African Sister City (August 2012)
Part One: Norfolk Delegation Makes Goodwill Trip to African Sister City (July 2012)
Upcoming Events


  • March 4, 2017
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join the Norfolk Sister City Association Tema, Ghana Committee as they celebrate their third Experiencing Ghana event. We will welcome our delegation of Tema city officials and business leaders. Celebrate by wearing your African attire, taste Ghanaian dishes and enjoy a fashion show while listening to African stories with a rhythmic beat.  Plan to have a family centered, (more…)