Nima is one of the most impoverished areas in Accra, Ghana. Even though Nima routinely suffers from inadequate provisions of basic facilities, housing, water pipes and drainage systems, the community continues to grow. Large number of migrant workers from rural Ghana & neighboring countries find their way into Nima and make it their home.
The beauty about Nima is visible and appreciated in the cultural & religious diversity of the community.
Nima is a prime example that people of numerous nationalities can actually co-exist in peace.
Nima is a residential town in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. The town is popular because of its market – the Nima market.
Nima was born in the 1930s by the Odoi Kwaos, who acquired the land from the Osu royals for the purpose of farming. Nima as a settlement was founded by Malam Amadu Futa in the 1930s, who got the nod from the Odoi Kwao family to commence a settlement for strangers.
The Odoi Kwaos acquired the land through a customary procedure but had to fight a legal tussle with Malam Amadu Futa on their side against the Osus.
Malam Futa’s dream at the time was to establish an Islamic settlement, It was perhaps his dream which informed his naming of the area ‘Ni’ima’, which in Arabic means blessing. The name, Nima was however challenged by one of the litigants during the controversy over the ownership of the suburb. For him, Nima derived from the Ga language, Niiman, to wit, the chief’s town. ”
Nima land originally belonged to Osu and Labadi, not Accra, and was first acquired for cattle rearing in the 1920s. The identity of the original lessee is disputed, but according to the Fulani chief of Nima (in 1986) its name is derived from a Fulfulde word (ne?ema) ‘fertile land’.