Bread of Life: How B. Foster came to redefine Koforidua

About two decades ago, an officer of the Ghana Air Force, Foster Koffi Berbiye, was transferred to the Eastern Regional capital, Koforidua, to continue his service. This transfer served as the genesis of B. Foster Bread, Ghana’s most famous bread brand, produced in Koforidua.

Foster Berbiye developed interest in baking bread whilst in Koforidua and started baking for friends in a small oven in his house. His friends who realized how good the bread tasted urged him to expand it and go into commercial production. Foster Berbiye heeded to this advice, and began the production of his bread in commercial quantity, under the commercial name B. Foster Bakeries.

Over the course of the decades, the B. Foster Bread and brand has grown to become the biggest bread manufacturing firm in the country, producing what is arguably the finest bread in the whole of Ghana, with a market share that is envied by rival bakery companies.

B. Foster’s growth has been immense and systematic, in its early years, the bread managed to capture the entire Eastern region market and became a household name in the entire region. Over the last few years however, the success of the bread has not only been limited to Koforidua and its environs, but in a greater part of the country, specifically the Southern part.

B. Foster Bakery PHOTO: Bismark Bliss
B. Foster Bakery PHOTO: Bismark Bliss

Anyone who has ever had a taste of the bread will agree that it has a taste unique and different from all other breads and weighs heavier than any other bread type in the market; a feature which has still not been replicated by any other bakery company.

The company now boasts of about 50 chefs, has over 105 locations throughout the southern part of Ghana, especially the Eastern Region, and has expanded to produce four different types of breads; butter, wheat, brown and sugar bread as well as other pastries.

Koforidua is known for many things, but B. Foster has come to be the biggest attraction of the famous old city over the years. And as an unwritten convention, for someone living in Koforidua, it is seen as a taboo to travel somewhere and not go with a B. Foster Bread. The mere mention of Koforidua is associated with the good old timeless bread.

Put in simply, the union between B. Foster and Koforidua is one that has defied time and age, a bond that continues to grow strong and symbolic, started over two decades ago on the foundation of passion.



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Kundum Festival of the Ahanta and Nzema People (See awesome photos)

The Kundum Festival is regarded as the oldest documented festival in the history of the Gold Coast. The first official documentation of the festival written in the early part of the 17th century by one Dutch voyager by name Bossman, who landed on the coast of Ghana (then Gold Coast). Bossman however believed the festival had been in existence for over a hundred years, in the late part of the 16th century before he chanced upon it to write the first known official document detailing its celebration.

The Festival is celebrated by the people of Ahanta and Nzema in the Central region of Ghana. Unlike most Ghanaian festivals which have specific commencement date and schedules, the Kundum festival does not have such, instead the start of the festival is based on the day the fruit of a certain type of Palm tree become ripe.

According to the people of Ahanta, the festival was instituted after one hunter by name Akpoley went to the forest for hunting and chanced upon a group of dwarfs dancing in well uniformed circular pattern. It is believed that the hunter, Akpoley, hid and observed the dance of the dwarfs, after which he went back to the Ahanta Township and introduced the new found dance to his people. Over time, the dance became associated with expelling evil spirit from the towns and Villages of the Ahanta and Nzema people.

As years went by and modernity set in, the kundum festival underwent several changes and became a festival celebrated to thank God for the abundance of food as well as protection of the people, hence making Kundum both a religious and harvest festival.

The festival lasts for a period of eight days and involves activities like drumming and feasting, as well as sacrifice of animals by the elders of the people. The sacrifice usually involves slaughtering of a fowl in a stool room by a few selected designated people who are normally elders of the town.

Another fowl is also slaughtered in public, at a durbar as a sacrifice to the gods and ancestors of the town, after which the ritual dance discovered by Akpoley is performed by the dancers and women of the town. The rest of the days are spent preparing food, eating and dancing.

The Ahanta and Nzema area receive thousands of guests every year during the celebration of the week –long festival. Most of whom are invited guests and tourists who come from afar to observe the tradition and festival.

Tourist Sites in Ghana: Mole National Park

Located at Damongo, 146km south east of Tamale, in the Northern Region of Ghana, Mole National Park is a 12 hour journey by road from Accra.

One of the largest cities in the Savanna Region, Tamale has a couple of tourist attractions but the Mole National Park stands tall among the rest.

With the largest wildlife refuge, Mole National Park has been an attractive site for many in the country due to its unique species.

The current location of the Mole National Park was initially occupied by inhabitants of the Northern Region, however, they were relocated to pave way for the area to be used as a reserve.

Mole National Park
Mole National Park

The famous animals that can be found at the Mole National Park are the African bush elephants and antelopes. A study conducted on the Park indicates over 800 elephants can be found at the Park. In terms of tree species, Burkea Africana, Isoberlinia Doka, and Terminalia Macroptera are some of the species found in the forest.

While elephants and antelopes dominate the wildlife in the forest, animals such as buffalos and hippos can also be found in the forest even though very small in terms of population.

Monkeys have also made the Park their place of abode with the Olive baboons, black-and-white colobus monkeys, the green vervet, and patas monkeys all residing at the park.

Animals such as lions and hyenas used to be found in the park, however these animals have gone distinct in the park over the last decade raising concerns about the survival of the forest in the coming years.

Being one of the last remaining wildlife forests in Ghana, the mole park attracts tourists from all walks of life, both from Ghana and outside, every year with an annual visitor population running into almost a million people. For animal lovers, the Mole National Park is a must visit tourism site to experience the beauty of nature.

Atwea Mountains Location: How to get to Atwea Mountains

The Atwea Mountains, as it is famously called has evolved to become one of the most popular and patronized prayer mountains in Ghana.

According to historians, the act of ascending the mountain by Christians began some decades ago when one local Methodist Pastor in Atwea named Abraham Osei-Assibey climbed the Atwea Stone to go and offer prayers to God.

After spending some days up on the mountain praying, he descends and regularly took his fellowship to the Mountain to go and pray. The news later went viral and Christians bought into the idea.

Since then, the act has since grown to become what it is today.

It is located in the Central District of the Ashanti Region and undoubtedly one of the most sought-after mountains for religious reasons.

Every year thousands of Christians and non-Christians in Ghana and other nearby African Countries visit this mountain to tarry in prayers

Religious people most especially Christians visit there to seek spiritual interventions, pray and seek the face of God and other spiritual purposes.

The mountain is opened for everyone to come and pray at any time during the year.

Do you want to have the Atwea mountains experience? Kindly use the directions below.

Location to Atwea Mountain

Atwea Mountain, located in Atwea in the Sekyere Central District of the Ashanti region. ATWEA MOUNTAIN Located 12 km from Nsuta and 52 km from Kumasi.

Beads In Ghana: Why Ghanaians Wear Beads

Beads are normally small and spherical piece of a material such as glass, plastic or wood, that is pierced for stringing or threading to serve a purpose of beautification for the waist, neck, wrist or ankles.

It is still one of the most regarded beauty accessories in Africa. In Ghana, they are one of the most treasured artefacts in Ghanaian culture. They play significant roles in the rites and customs of Ghana.

Historically, bead making originated form Yoruba tribe in Nigeria. The culture then extended to Ghana and has ever since gained complete acceptance in the Ghanaian Culture.

Ghana still remains the largest producer of beads in the world. This has made bead making a common job for some folks in Ghana and has therefore curb the high unemployment rate.

Waist beads in Ghana are traditional women accessory and they pass the culture of wearing beads to their daughters. Different cultures in Ghana have different reasons for putting on beads.

Why do Ghanaian wear beads?

Primarily, beads in Ghanaian culture are considered as fashionable items. However, they go beyond decoration. They are also used for communications, expression of ideas and messages.

Kings and chiefs in Ghana wear different strands of beads on their wrists and necks as a symbol of authority and power. Beads worn by Chiefs in Ghana are mostly made of Gold and are therefore of great value. Members of the royal family also wear beads for identification.

In the Ashanti and Krobo Cultures, mothers give waist beads to their daughters to welcome them into adulthood. Once the daughters reach sexual maturity, larger beads may be added.

Waist beads act as waist trainers

Some women wear beads on their waist to control the growth of the waist. It also helps the shape the waist of women and also makes them sexually appealing.

Some women use waist beads as a weight monitoring tool

Waist beads can naturally give a woman indication that she is gaining weight or losing weight.  This can be achieved by looking at the how the beads fit your waist at a particular time.

Some women also wear beads for meditation purposes

Interestingly, some people believe that wearing beads have some protective charms that prevents danger from coming. They are believed to release stress and anxiety.

Prayer Mountains In Ghana

Religion in recent years has played a major role in the growth of tourism. Aside pilgrimages and religious structures, mountains and rivers for prayers have increased tourist arrivals in various countries blessed to have them.

Jetsanza.com has noted that domestic tourism in Ghana for religious activities is on the rise. There is a higher percentage of Christians in Ghana than the other religions. In Ghana, most Christians attributes sickness, retrogression, and worst stuff to Satanic manipulations. Christians therefore love to pray especially at designated places called Prayer Mountains.

All these prayer mountains house prayer camps where people stay for days until they receive answers to their prayers or get their problems solved.

See below the list of prayer mountains in Ghana.

Atwea Mountains

The Atwea Mountains, as it is famously called has evolved to become one of the most popular and patronized prayer mountains in Ghana. It is located in the Central District of the Ashanti Region and undoubtedly one of the most sought-after mountains for religious reasons.

Every year thousands of Christians and non-Christians in Ghana and other nearby African Countries visit this mountain to tarry in prayers.

According to the indigenes, the act of going to the mountains for prayers began decades ago and has since grown to become what it is today.

Religious people most especially Christians visit there to seek spiritual interventions, pray and seek the face of God and other spiritual purposes.

The mountain is opened to everyone to come and pray at any time during the year.

Atwea Mountains is located 12 km from Nsuta and 52 km from Kumasi.

 

Aburi Prayer Mountains

It is a religious facility built on top of the Aburi mountains (Eastern Region) for the purpose of prayer and other spiritual or religious purposes.

The project started in 2013 and is opened to everyone to come and pray at any time of the day. It is also opened to organisations to host their events at affordable prices.

Aburi Prayer Mountains is a serene and quiet place that helps you to meditate and pray.

Although not popular like Atwea Mountains, it is also a go-to destinations for some Christians for prayer and other spiritual activities.

 

Abono Mountains

Abono Mountains is located near the Lake Bosomtwe in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Visitors to the mountains have the opportunity to include a tour of the lake and its resorts in their itinerary.

Domestic Airlines in Ghana

With the increase in the patronage of domestic tourism in Ghana, a fair number of domestic airlines have been established to make it possible for Ghanaians to reach their destinations faster at competitive rates.

In this post, Jetsanza.com lists all the domestic airlines in Ghana and their destinations.

Africa World Airlines

Africa world Airlines has been operating since 2012 and offers competitive professional domestic flight services to the people of Ghana. They have a vision to make air travel the best option for majority of travelers in Ghana.

The airline operates flights within four main cities in Ghana: Accra, Kumasi, Tamale and Takoradi.

Passion Air

Passion Air started operations in 2017. It is one of the youngest domestic flights in Ghana with a fleet size of 4.

They operate flights to and fro Accra, Kumasi and Tamale and it is the largest airline based upon single aircraft passenger seating capacity.

Although they are new in the Ghana’s domestic airlines industry, Passion Air offers efficient services at competitive rates.

Aerogem Aviation Ghana Airlines

Aerogem Aviation, a Ghanaian aviation company operating non-scheduled passenger and cargo airline, as well as providing handling supervision and global flight support services started business in 2000.

The company is also into Offshore Oil operations support by providing passenger check- in assistance and fuel supply for some of the major helicopters at Takoradi, Western Region of Ghana.

Antrak Airlines

Antrak started its operations in 2003 and it’s a fully owned Ghanaian entity. They offer both cargo and passenger services for domestic, regional and international destinations.

They have competitive flight rates and provide safe, reliable and efficient services to their clients. Antrak has grown over the years to become one of the most sought-after domestic airlines in Ghana. They operate within Accra, Tamale, Takoradi, Sunyani and Kumasi.

With a good record of safety and guaranteed onboard flight services, Antrak argueably remains one of the best domestic airlines in Ghana.

Gianair

Gianair Limited started operations in 2010.

They offer charter services including private and executive charter, air cargo, emergency rescue, etc. and also offer flight services to Abidjan, Dakar, Lagos, Freetwon, Lome and other African countries. Their cargo is first class and they ensure their package arrives on time and in perfect condition.

Royal Fly – GH Airline

Royal Fly-GH is a fully owned Ghanaian Airline operating domestic flights.

Fly Ghana, which is operating as “Fly-GH”,  began operations in November 2011 and flies to Accra, Kumasi, Tamale and Takoradi.

Top 5 Parks in Ghana

Jetsanza.com in this post highlights the top parks in Ghana, their location and other relevant information that may be of interest to tourists visiting parks in Ghana.

Below are the Top 5 Parks in Ghana ( in no particular order)

Kakum National Park

Kakum National Park is located at the Central Region of Ghana and it is one of the most popular parks in Ghana.  A lot of local and foreign tourists visit this park each year.

The park has a tropical rainforest serving as a habitat for many species of fauna, flora and animal.

The endangered Diana monkey, the yellow-backed duiker and the African elephant can be found at this beautiful park.

The most popular activity at the park is the Kakum canopy walkway; a 350m high walkway.  The park now has a Children’s Park.

Mole National Park

Located in Wa, Mole National Park is one of the most sought-after parks in Ghana. It covers an area of 4500 square kilometers and houses diverse species of animals including hippos, buffalo, leopards, lions, elephants and several plant species.

The Mole and Lovi rivers pass through the park charmingly. The area receives around 1000 millimeters of rainfall a year, and this helps to sustain all living creatures.

Bia National Park

Bia National Park is located in the Western Region of Ghana, close to Sekondi-Takoradi. This park serves as a habitat for varieties of animals and plants. The tallest tree is West Africa is located right in this park.

It has a land size of 563 square kilometer with lodges and modern guest houses surrounding it to provide accommodation needs.

Bui National Park

The Bui National Park the third largest National Park in Ghana and its located in Tain in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. The park bisects the Black Volta and houses a large population of hippopotamus. Aside the hippos, you will see animals like antelopes, monkeys and different species of birds.

Digya National Park

Digya National Park is located on the beautiful shores of the Lake Volta. It serves as a home to elephants as well as varieties of plants.

Situated in Brong Ahafo, the park covers an expansive 3500 square kilometers. You get the opportunity to see over 200 species of birds in this park. Crocodiles and other aquatic animals also make the site worth visiting.

The forests of Digya are also breathtaking.

Top 10 Waterfalls In Ghana

There are a quite a number of waterfalls in Ghana. Waterfalls contribute largely to making Ghana a preferred destination for tourists.

Jetsanza.com has put together the Top Ten Waterfalls in Ghana.

Below are the Top 10 Waterfalls in Ghana (In no particular order)

Boti Falls

Boti Falls is located in Manya Krobo, 17km North-east of Koforidua, the Eastern Region of Ghana. River Pawnpawn forms this waterfall which takes it source from Ahenkwa-Amalakpo. The Boti falls has the upper and lower falls. It is a twin waterfall which the locals mostly refer as female and male.

Kintampo Waterfalls

Kintampo Waterfalls is one of the highest waterfalls in Ghana located on the Pumpum river, a tributary of the Black Volta. It is located at Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana.

Also known as Sanders Falls during the colonial days, it is one of the most visited waterfalls in Ghana and has a huge number of visitors visiting each year.

Being the main natural attraction in the area, it is hidden deep in the forest and formed by three main drops where the longest drop measures 82ft in height.

Fuller Falls

Fuller Falls is situated at Yabraso, 7km west of Kintampo. It takes its source from the Oyoko river which is a tributary of the Black Volta.

The river flows into the Black Volta at the border between Brong Ahafo and the Northern Region at Dwire Kumboe.

The waterfalls was discovered by a Filipino missionary, Rev. FR. Joseph Panabang, in 1988 and was developed with the help of Adamu Amidu who was then a farmer along the river.

The place was kept as a prayer grounds and named “Our Lady of Kintampo Prayer Park ” where Father Panabang and people used to come for prayer sessions until he left Kintampo in 1998.

Hidden but alluring: Fuller Falls at Kintampo

Wli Waterfalls

Wli Waterfalls, also known ass Agumatsa falls, is a popular tourist site located near the village of Wli, close to the Togo border. It is the highest waterfall in West Africa located in the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta Region. It also consists of an upper and lower fall.

Wli has beautiful scenery and landscape that makes the place a number one choice for tourists.

Akaa falls

These falls are a mere 7km from Boti Falls and are also seasonal in nature. Like Boti Falls, these falls are also accessed via a scenic 250 concrete steps to the bottom, where a canyon of water can fall around you from 3 sides if the flow is good.

Tourists usually visit both Boti and Akaa together because they are located in the same vicinity.

Ote falls

Ote Falls is a 45-minute walk from the town of Amedzofe, a town in the Volta Region of Ghana. Amadzofe is noted for its cool weather.

Tagbo falls

This is a waterfall near Mountain Afadjato in Ghana, located at Liati Wote, approximately 27 kilometres east of Hohoe in the Volta Region.

The water falls down in different stages with the last stage being about 60m high. There is a cool and thick forest (rainforest) surrounding this beautiful scenery.

From the town to the waterfall is about 45 minute walk.

Chenku Waterfall

Tsenku (Chenku) Waterfall also called Wuruduwurudu Fall, is located in the Dodowa Forest near the Shai Hills Wildlife Reserve in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Tsenku Waterfall is 39km from the capital city of Accra and it is the only waterfall in the Region.

It drops from a height of 250 feet, moving of a well layered rocks into a wandering pool below. Tsenku falls has beautiful and breathtaking surroundings which many tourists fall in love with.

Tini Waterfalls

Tini Waterfalls, also known as Adasawase Waterfalls, is located in the North Eastern part of Adasawase. Adasawase is a small farming village in the Eastern Region, about 5km off the Anyinam road.

This waterfall was named after River Tini. A rainforest surrounds Tini Waterfall and serves as a home to different species of birds and butterflies.

Adom Falls

Adom Waterfalls is located in Obosomase and in the same vicinity with Tsenku waterfall. The Adom waterfall runs on a stratified rock into a clear pool that flows through the cool forest.

Zoos In Ghana

If you reside in Ghana or are planning to visit Ghana, consider to visit any of our zoos to see how endangered species of animals have been protected.

List of Zoos In Ghana

Kumasi Zoo

The Kumasi Zoological gardens started operations 1957 and has since been a great place worth visiting. The zoo provides necessary shelters for all endangered species of animals.

The zoo has about 60 kinds of different species of animals including lion, tigers, snakes, buffaloes, chimpanzees, among others.

It is a major tourist attraction in Kumasi.

You can locate the Kumasi Zoo in the Ashanti Region of Ghana at the Kejetia Bus Terminal near the Kumasi Centre for National Culture.

Accra Zoo

The Accra Zoo is located at the Achimota forest in the Greater Accra region of Ghana. It is a home to different species of animals.

The zoo is operated from Monday to Sunday, 9am – 4pm.

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