Going off the high street of Accra, tourists find some of the country’s most celebrated and popular sights and sounds. The area has been popular as location of the tomb of one the greatest pan-African leaders, Kwame Nkrumah. Next to this tomb is Accra’s ever-glorious Handicraft Market. It is situated in The Center for National Arts and Culture, which is one of the major tourist attractions in Accra. Particularly the cultural show known as Anansekrom held there during the 1980s became one of the major reasons for increasing demand of cheap flights to Accra.
As of now, The Center for National Arts and Culture saw renewal when Accra’s Handicraft Market was introduced to it. This is one of the biggest handicraft markets in Ghana and probably one of the most astounding in the African continent. Accra’s Handicraft Market is, indeed, the best venue in Ghana to find amazing traditional African handicrafts. The market sells everything ranging from woodcarvings, cane and raffia products, leather ware, gold, silver, ivory and clay products to bronze jewelry, beads, antiques, paintings and traditional musical instruments. These handicrafts come from all around Ghana as well as from many other African countries.
The clients of the market mainly comprise foreign delegates, important personalities and tourists thus these products are mostly bought in big quantities. Honorary guests visiting the city of Accra are especially taken to this landmark of the Ghanaian capital. The market has done wonders to the economy of the country not only by attracting tourists but also by providing jobs to locals.
In order to get the most out of the capabilities of this market and serve the country’s economy at its best, The Greater Accra Handicraft Dealers Association was shaped. The purpose of this committee was to bring together all the business holders of Accra’s Handicraft Market on one platform and find solutions to the problems facing them. According to the regional manager, Mr. Kofi Opare-Ntow, the committee also tends to work towards finding more business opportunities hence grow bigger and better. Moreover, the members of this association search for ways that could allow them to serve their clients more efficiently and to come up to their expectations as best as possible. Mr. Kofi Opare-Ntow has been very successful in creating and maintaining good ties with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This has helped collect revenue from the members of The Greater Accra Handicraft Dealers Association resourcefully, under the supervision of AMA.
The business owners in this market earn a considerable amount of moneys due to the international attention the market has gained. Accra’s Handicraft Market, according to the tourists, is very popular in Europe and the USA. The exotic varieties of these handicrafts make them fine gift items. In addition, the high quality of these handicrafts has led Europeans and Americans to re-sell them in their home countries, which earns them high profits.
With time, this old market has become ragged and owns a worn out look. Lack of investment on its infrastructure has caused it to deteriorate which has raised concerns about its vulnerability of losing it visitors. Mr. Kofi Opare-Ntow is holding talks with AMA in order to enhance the market and plans are being made for its reformation. A multi-billion dollar project has been outlined in order to develop a traditional African style market with modern conveniences.
If improved, this market will double the demand for cheap flights to Ghana and take its business international.