Kumasi is the Garden City of Ghana as well as being the Ghana’s second most prominent city. Not a city of gardens, but a well-groomed city where anything at all can sell on a large scale provided one has the heart to commit to it. It is here that some of the oldest buildings in Ghana are.
The brand, Kumasi is carved in a homogenous matching fashion to that of Koforidua which has the accolade as a city of flowers. For both instances, Kumasi and Koforidua, business and cultural symbolism are far more paramount than the trees, flowers and gardens that are attributed to them. Sufficing to say that, taking these attributes to flora as a concept, both Kumasi and Koforidua excel in leaps and bounds when it comes to businesses of various kinds and age-old traditions.
Even, Kumasi is globally acknowledged for its cultural bank. Kumasi has a rich traditional heritage. It is a destination favourite for the bulk for tourist travellers to the Ghana and the Sub-Saharan Region. The recent burial and final funeral rites of the late Queen mother of the Ashanti Kingdom, is vivid testimony that Kumasi does not place with her culture. If you travelled there during that period, you were in Rome. In Rome, when everyone is sleeping, you will also sleep whether you feel for it or not. That is how infectiously the attitude of Kumasi is to anyone who cares to visit this city.
Major public facilities and points of interest are situated in the Kumasi. Landmark destinations and buildings are enveloped in Kumasi. Here are 4 of the most important places and points of interests in Kumasi. Your journey to the Garden city of Ghana is incomplete without visiting these places or at least seeing them.
Kumasi Central (Kejetia) Market
The Kejetia Market is huge! In West Africa, this central business district of Kumasi is the largest you will find. One is immediately presented with everything imaginable on sale at the Kumasi Central (Kejetia) Market. The business district is the referral point for all car spare parts even for cars that were launched this morning. With the construction of an ultra-modern market complex, the patronage and activity level at the Kejetia Market is expected to be increased exponentially.
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital(KATH)
The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) is the second largest hospital in Ghana after Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. KATH together with Korle-Bu and the Tamale Teaching Hospitals the only major Teaching hospital in the country. Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital is also the major referral hospital for most surgeries, intensive care, accident and emergency cases in the Ashanti region, Brong Ahafo region and the environs.
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is the first Science and Technology University in Ghana and among the top universities in West Africa. KNUST is has a very big land space which hosts facilities for the 6 different colleges that make up the University. The Osei Tutu Medical centre(Tech Hospital) and the Great Hall Auditorium as well as the hostels and Halls of Residence are in KNUST. Arguably, KNUST is the best University in Ghana! No apologies
The Manhyia Palace is the seat of one of the biggest empires in Africa, presently and historically. The Manhyia Palace is a ground of deep rooted traditions. The Manhyia Palace Museum is one of the most visited tourist attraction in Ghana. Yearly, art and culture lovers troop to Manhyia for an art, history and culture appreciation expedition. The Adae series of Festivals is crowned with the Adae Kese festival. It affords Ghanaians and foreigners alike a real opportunity to descend on Kumasi and Manhyia in particular, which is the host.
Heard of Kumasi in your history class? It is time to for the journey to Kumasi. Amazingly, Kumasi has a good number of the stylish Ghana hotels. All roads lead to the Garden city, Kumasi...for business, for sight-seeing and for culture!
By Kofi Baiden