The Rise, Again, of Ghana Lining the gold sparkled coast of Ghana today, are huge castles that for many, remain a constant reminder of the dark events of some four hundred and so years ago, for many more, however, a resounding testament to the resilience of the African Spirit and our capacity to defy the odds and rise to be gods. Four hundred years after slavery commenced on the shores of the Gold Coast, Ghana has this year moved another step forward in enticing and welcoming Africans and Africans in the Diaspora to visit and ultimately relocate to Ghana in what is dubbed “the year of return”
Over the years, Ghana has grown to be admired for more than just its stable democracy and security, it is the gateway to Africa alter all, but it is pushing to be more than just the gateway…Ghana is aiming at becoming the destination. In this pursuit, different sectors of the country are developing at a rapid rate to accommodate the thirst of the growing middle class, the countless tourists pouring in and the natural pressures that come with wanting to be indeed the Black Star of Aﬁica. Travel this article and more with me and discover the wonders of Ghana from the mountains of Aiadzato down to the night clubs that keep the country awake. Taste the delicacies from the roadside food joints and wrap yourself in the comfy goodness of the duvets from the 5 Star hotels. See the display of culture from Kumasi juxtaposed with the modernity of Accra and its rising skyline and meet the men that ﬁre can‘t burn. In this edition, allow me to take you on a quick tour of Ghana, right from when your plane touches down at the newly constructed Terminal 3 (T3) at the Kotoka International Airport.
Built to meet international standards, the new Terminal presents an impressive picture of Ghana to all visitors, with its beautiful architecture coupled with relevant technology, it says welcome in many ways that all regular travelers can identify with and understand. With the capacity to handle tens of thousands of travelers at peak time and over 5 million annually, the new terminal is equipped with over 50 check-in desks, multiple passport control counters and e-gates for electronic scanning of boarding passes. the T3 has about 4 world-class business lounges, a fully stocked and operational Duty-tree shops and wiﬁ that connects you seamlessly.
The Airport city enclave is a ﬁrst class enclave with many world-class hotels, mixed-use developments, restaurants, and nightclubs that serve as a welcome extension of Kotoka International Airport. Some popular places at the Airport city include the Marina Mall which houses a supermarket, bars like SOHO and shops representing world-known fashion and accessory brands. The 5-Star rated Marriott hotel and the famous Holiday Inn hotel which hold the same promise as their franchises worldwide can also be located in the Airport city alongside many business ofﬁces for some ﬁnancial institutions, telcos, oil companies and so much more. It is a big deal.
With an intricate network of roads, a fast-developing train system and regular domestic ﬂights connecting major cities, Ghana has a transportation system that has much promise and is gradually raising itself to world-class standards. In major cities like Accra and Kumasi, you can conveniently hail an uber or bolt or use your regular taxi. Other services like Trotro diaries help you ﬁnd public buses and their departure times and routes.
Ghana is rich in culture and steeped in tradition, from the ﬂamboyance of the traditional rulers who sit on skins like magic carpets and ride in palanquins borne on the shoulders of mighty men. Every year people from all over the world troupe to Ho to attend the Asogli festival and once in tens of years, we get to witness the Asante Culture at its splendorous best when the Asantehene has grand activities to perform. Whether it’s the men in the North who can sit in ﬁre, or the fetish priest from the Volta that walks in the air, or the making of the world-known kente cloth, Ghana has so much to offer…there’s so much to experience Doing Business in Ghana About a 30-minute drive from the Airport City is the Central Business District (CBD) of Accra; hectares of land spotted with high rise buildings representing the growing ﬁnancial services sector. Ghana is ripe for investments to drive the private sector and the economy at large and this is evidenced by the relentless entrepreneurial activities in the country. Many techs and business hubs and incubators are doing stellar jobs preparing startups and young people for the business world.
With a population largely made up of people below the age of 40, Ghanaians have a strong penchant for recreation, as of consequence, there are many leisure and recreational places across various cities in the country. In Accra, you can catch an enthusiastic cosmopolitan crowd taking salsa lessons and dancing their hearts out at places like Little Havana in Osu or Aﬁ’ildko in Kanda. Places like the Rattray Park in Kumasi or the Botanical gardens in Aburi and Legon allow you to kick back and enjoy your idle days. You may also catch some paragliding fun up the Kwahu mountains which will give you an experience that will stay with you all life long.
With many business people and tourists pouring in by the second, the hospitality sector is a vibrant space with interesting and exciting services and offerings. Ghana has multimillion-dollar investments in beachfront hotels, safaris both at waterfronts and in the middle of the jungle, night clubs and bars and restaurants that serve local meals, continental delicacies and international cuisine. The year of return has so much to offer, so much more than can be captured in the words of this article so make some plans, visit Ghana soon or it you are on your way already, immerse yourself in the culture, in the beats in the music and take back with you experiences that are hundreds of years in the making. It is the Year of Return, welcome to Ghana, Akwaaba!