Sunyani is a city in the West African republic of Ghana, and is the capital of the both the Sunyani District and Brong-Ahafo Region. Surrounded by the forested Southern Ashanti Uplands, the city of Sunyani arose as an outpost camp for elephant hunters during the 19th century. The name Sunyani derives from the Akan word for elephant 'Osono.' In 1924, The British colonial government designated Sunyani as a district headquarters. Following the construction of a road connecting Sunyani and the city of Kumasi, Sunyani became an important hub for the distribution of cocoa, kola nuts, and staple foods such as maize and yams.
Today Sunyani is home to both the regional government and high court, the region's post-secondary institutions are also based in the city; including two polytechnic schools, the College of Renewable National Resources and the Catholic University. Several of the country's best primary and secondary and technical schools can be found within Sunyani and its suburbs, including: St. Mary's; Holy Spirit; Wesley's; Divine; Ridge Primary;Twene Amanfo Secondary Technical School (TASTECH);and Don Bosco Voc. Technical Institute. Attracting students from throughout the region and beyond, is the highly ranked Sunyani Senior High School (Susec) and St. James seminary which has been rated among, the best five Senior High Schools in Ghana.