Ghana has enjoyed relative stability since its independence in 1957. Stable leadership and a solid education system have helped maintain harmony in this multi-ethnic country.
While more than 70 percent of Ghanaians claim to be Christian, church attendance is never more than 10 percent. Islam has been growing at a steady pace through birth rates, immigration and conversion. In addition, Muslims receive benefits such as funding for primary education and scholarships for study in Muslim nations. In Muslim-majority areas, religious tension and persecution of non-Muslims are increasing.