Kumasi Airport to be opened for international travels

The Ministry for Aviation has began works to make Kumasi Airport a point of origin for international travels.

This announcement comes after President Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the phase two of the Kumasi International Airport which includes a new terminal and an expansion of the Kumasi airport runway.

“Since last year, we have been engaging airlines operating in the country to consider making arrangement for flight tickets to originate from Kumasi so that passengers will transit through Accra” The Minister for Aviation, Cecilia Abena Dapaah explained.

What this will imply is that tickets will for example read, Kumasi –Accra-Lagos or Kumasi –Accra – Dubai etc.

Making Kumasi a place of Origin brings it to its international standards and will create room for more airlines to operate in Ghana’s aviation sector.

Phase II project

In December 2017, Financial Agreements for the Phase II development of the Kumasi Int. Airport was signed between the Ministry of Finance, acting for and on behalf of the government, and Satander S/A which came into effect in April 2018.

The Phase II will see an extension of the runway from the current 1981 meters to 2,300 meters. This, when completed will enable the airport to handle large planes that require an extended runway to land and take off safely.

A new international terminal to handle approximately 1,000,000 passengers per anum is also to be constructed as part of Phase II of the project.

Rise in commercial and trading activities

The Ashanti Region is the most populous and one of the fastest-growing regions in the country.

Kumasi, the Ashanti (formerly spelt Asante) Regional capital has historically been an important reference for the use of Adinkra symbols and craftsmanship. With sprawling vegetation cover, the city is an important tourist destination noted for its commerce, mining and manufacturing.

Over the past two decades, there has been rapid growth in commercial activities in the city, chiefly because of its ideal location in the middle-belt of the country. After Accra, Kumasi is the second-largest city in Ghana in terms of size and population.

Traders, farmers and cattle owners from Brong Ahafo and the northern parts of Ghana bring their wares to large markets in Kumasi to sell every day. A visit to the Kejetia Market, West Africa’s largest open-air market right in the heart of Kumasi, reveals a large volume of trade carried out on a daily basis.



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Reasons Why You should Join The Next Flight To Ghana

Ghana without a doubt is one of the most exciting and fun countries to live in. Almost every blessed day, there’s a festival, street carnival or concert being held somewhere in the country. And to top it off, we come across as one of the most friendly people you will ever meet anywhere on planet earth, a reason that has made Ghana, one of the top tourism destinations.

This week is even more special as the nation is packed with very interesting events that should compel you to take the next flight to the Gateway to Africa.

Let us take a look at some of the top reasons why you need to pick the next flight to Ghana.

VGMA Nomination Jam

Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) is the most prestigious and biggest music awards in Ghana and arguably the whole of West Africa (Our cousins in Nigeria may disagree). Before the awards night, there is a massive concert known as VGMA Nominees Jam, meant to officially outdoor the nominees. This year’s nominees jam is happening on 23rd March 2018 in the ancient and historical city of Cape Coast in the Central Region. Probably you must have heard of Ghanaian arts like Stonebwoy, Kofi Kinaata and Shatta Wale. You could just be about to meet them if you decide to pick the next flight to Ghana now. The Central Region houses the Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle and Kakuum Canopy Walk. You will be killing two birds with one stone by visiting these attractions.

Ebony Reign’s Tribute Concert And Funeral

20-year old music sensation, Ebony Reigns whose music took the nation by storm and then sadly lost her life in a road accident would be buried on March 24, 2018. As a high profile funeral expected to welcome all celebrities and government officials, there would be Ghana’s rich and unique culture on full display.

There is going to be a Tribute concert in her memory and almost all musicians in the country are expected to perform. Tickets for the concert are sold at approximately $2, about 5% of what one needs to pay to see such top musicians.

3Music Awards

This is one of the most anticipated events in Ghana right now, mainly because it is a new awards scheme. The 3 Music Awards is organised by TV3. The event has been well hyped and gotten a lot of attention from the Ghanaian public and music lovers. It is happening on the 24th of March 2018 with the biggest and most sought after artiste in Ghana, Shatta Wale expected to perform on the night. If you are yet to hear of Shatta Wale, then a simple google search or youtube videos of his performances will help you know exactly who you will be coming to watch in Accra on 24th of March.

Ponobiom Live In Concert

The Uptown Energy is hosting what is expected to be a great concert in the capital city this week. The concert which will take place at the West Hills Mall in Accra on 24th March has artistes such as Kwaw Kese, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Tinny, Edem and King Ayisoba all on the bill. The concert will also see one of Liberia’s biggest act CIC perform.

MOGO Concert

Ghana is simply a country that loves its music and celebrates its music stars. There will also be the Music OF Ghanaian Origin (MOGO) concert this week. The MOGO is an annual concert organized by Citi FM to celebrate indigenous Ghana music and musicians. This year’s edition is scheduled to be held at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra on 24th March. Highlife legends such as Amandzeba, Adane Best and Dromo Naa are expected to thrill patrons to some old-time indigenous highlife music.

Kwahu Easter Festivities

In a few days’ time, the Easter festival will start and in Ghana this means a trip to the land of Kwahu. From street carnivals to paragliding to Kwahu Cave tours, thousands of people around the world are expected to converge in the Eastern Regional city to celebrate in grand style.

6 Reasons Nigerians should visit Ghana

The West African countries of Ghana and Nigeria have an ongoing rivalry between them akin to that of siblings. From football, to politics, to entertainment, citizens of each country always want to demonstrate their superiority over the other, howbeit not in a hateful or bias manner. It is always more bants than facts. There have been several episodes, of ‘social media wars’ or ‘Twitter Fights’ between citizens of both countries that leave us all clutching our stomach with laughter. Through it all though, it is obvious that it is all love and sport.

In this post, we attempt to give reasons why Nigerians, despite the rivalry with their Ghanaian counterparts, should visit the Gold Coast. Just like Nigeria, Ghana is rich in history, mineral resources, culture, tradition and places of interest to see and visit.

Many Nigerians do not even know that Ghana has Hausa and Fulani speaking people like there are in Nigeria.

 

Cousins

Ghanaians are like cousins to Nigerians. Visiting Ghana for a Nigerian is like visiting cousins for holiday. There are lots both countries share in common, but somehow still do things differently. Case in point, the Jollof. When Nigerians visit Ghana there is an air of familiarity about the place, some lingo and slang are commonly used, but Ghana’s pidgin is still very confusing to Nigerians.

 

Food

Shito. Banku. Waakye. Jollof. The list is endless really. Ghanaian cuisine can be a joy to experience and even though the eternal battle over whose Jollof is better still rages on, no Nigerian should visit Ghana without tasting the Jollof. Ghanaian food is actually so popular in Nigeria that there are bukas and restaurants in Lagos dedicated to selling just Ghanaian meals. The most popular among them is Ghana High.

 

Shatta Wale

Shatta Wale is Ghana’s biggest music sensation at the moment. And only recently he has had a war of words with Nigerian pop artistes on social media. As long as you are not one to take these things too seriously, visiting Ghana to see a Shatta Wale-show should be on your list of things to do, at least that way you can see what the hype is about yourself and tell if he is as great as he says he really is.

 

Beaches

Ghana is blessed with such an impressive stretch of beaches. If you are tired of the Elegushi and Oniru beaches of Lagos, switch it up by exploring the coastline of Labadi and Kobrobite. If you are enthusistic about wildlife, visit the Cocoloco beach where you would find turtles and a large number of river birds. Beach Resorts in Ghana are beautiful and spending a night or more in one of them would greatly enrich your Ghana experience.

 

Chale Wote

Nigeria has Calabar Carnival. Ghana has Chale Wote. This annual street cum art festival does get bigger and better every year with amazing exhibitions, musical performances, art installations, food, merchandise vendors as well as live music and dance that goes on well into the night. For anyone who enjoys having a good time and finds him/herself in Ghana in the month of August, Chale Wote is a must-attend.

 

Nigerian Community

There is a perpetually growing Nigerian community in Ghana and visiting Ghana would definitely feel like home. It wont be long before you notice the familiar accent of a Nigerian, no matter where he is from back home and quickly tag them as your brother or your sister. Especially in Ghanaian Universities where many Nigerians turn to as an alternative to schooling in Europe or right here at home.

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