Have you ever been to Kumasi before? If no, then you have to. This is because Kumasi has some wonderful and interesting places to offer you. Kumasi is the capital of Ashanti region which is the second-largest populated region in Ghana.
Among the interesting places is the Kejetia Market. Kejetia market is also known as Kumasi Central Market among the inhabitants of the city.
Kejetia Market or Kumasi Central Market is a worth visiting, at least to feel the atmosphere and the environment over there. Kejetia market is the best place to find yourself if you are into trading of Ghanaian goods.
Because the place is a very busy area, it is advisable to go with someone who knows the place very well. It is a place full of everyday hustle and bustle.
Location of the Kejetia Market.
You can’t miss the unbelievable dimension of the Kejetia Market. As it is well known to be located at the centre of the city, Kumasi in the Ashanti region.
It is strategically located at this vantage point to serve its purpose. This is due to the fact that people from all walks of lives almost come there every day. To the North it ends at Kumasi Cultural Centre.
It also ends at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to the North-West. And to the southern part of the Kejetia market, its boarders with Adum the commercial centre of the city.
Indeed, Kumasi is approximately 300 miles (480 km) north of the equator and 100 miles (160 km) north of the Gulf of Guinea.
HISTORY OF THE KEJETIA MARKET
The market is located at the centre of the Ashanti Kingdom as mentioned earlier. As per the history shows, any king who sits on the throne of the Ashanti kingdom automatically owns the market.
Hence, currently, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is the owner of the Kumasi Central Market. Kejetia market is a single market which constitutes of about 11,000 stores and stalls.
It is the largest market in West Africa. Ever since its inception, the market has never seen any proper redevelopments until 2014. In 2014, it saw its first official redevelopment which cost US$259,425,000.
On 2nd May, 2019 it again saw its second redevelopment which is the 2nd phase of the 1st redevelopment by His Excellency Nana Addo Dunkwa and Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
SOME OF THE THINGS TO BUY FROM THE MARKET
It is not uncommon to get what you wish to buy in Kejetia market. It sells a whole lot of items and provides services. These include; foodstuffs, clothes, second -hand shoes, all kinds of beads, kente strips, Ashanti sandals, batik, bracelets, and many more.
It is a special place to see traders selling the Ashanti people’s kente clothing, and other local fabrics. Because it is a typical Ghanaian market you will see a lot of Ghanaian and local goods especially our local clothes and vegetables.
It is also common to see truck pushers, hawkers, ‘kaayaye’ and others around. You could also find all kinds of hardware including electronic appliances to buy over there.
Not leaving cosmetics all available in the market. Furthermore, there are special places inside the market for stationeries, provisions, and forex bureau, and others.