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Kumasi, populary known as the Garden city of West Africa, is among the largest metropolitan cities in Ghana which is part of the 30 metropolitan districts in Ashanti Region.
We have gathered some of the top 5 facts to know about kumasi. We believe this might share more light for expatraits or settlers willing to move to kumasi or buy property in Kumasi. If you want to experience African culture, diversity in terms of tradition and business, you should live in Kumasi Ghana. The following are the top 5 things to know about the Garden City or as popularly known "Osei Krom" by most Ashantis.
1. Short History
Kumasi is mostly dominated by the Ashantis. The Ashanti Kingdom has ruled Kumasi for centuries. Since the Ashanti's settled in Kumasi around the Lake Bosomtwe, Kumasi has grown from an old empire to today's city which is part of Ashanti Region in Ghana. Kumasi is rich with natural African resources like Gold, Diamond and Cocoa.
In 1701, the Asante Kingdom developed as a State and annihilated the Denkyira State, the then Overlord. The Kingdom is currently a Traditional Council, the Asanteman Traditional Council which is ruled by the Asantehene (Asante King) who likewise also as Kumasihene or the Paramount Chief of Kumasi.
The Asanteman Traditional Council, the conventional overseeing expert of the old Asante Kingdom, was reestablished by the British Colonial Authority in 1935 turned into the seat of the Council. Until 1995 the Metropolis was known as the Kumasi City Council. Her wonderful greenery environment honored her the name "Garden City of West Africa".
Kumasi Ghana, boast of one of the top tourist attraction cities in Ghana. With their annual festivals like the Akwasidae Festival, which serves as the platform for pledging allegiance to the kingdom and affirming loyalty to the golden stool.
According to Ashanti legends, the Golden Stool was brought down by Okomfo Anokye from the sky according to the Ashantis. This story is also supported by the war of the Golden Stool or the Yaa Asantewaa war which was fought by the Empire of Ashanti and the British.
There is also the Kente Festival which is celebrated in the month of August in Bonwire Ejisu to commemorate the bravery of heroine Yaa Asantewaa I, for resisting attempts by the British Forces to capture the Ashanti Golden Stool by leading the famous uprising in the late 1690's.
Other Kumasi tourist attraction sites are the Okomfo Anokye Sword site which house the buried sword of Okomfo Anokye, the great Ashanti fetish priest who buried a sword to its hilt in a circular shrine with the Legend that when this sword is removed, the Ashanti kingdom will fall.
There is also the Manhyia Palace Museum which is located at the Anto Road at Kumasi. THe Manhyia Palace gives an overview of the Ashanti history, the kings of the Ashanti kingdom and the British visits.
Other landmarks in Kumasi include Fort Kumasi which was built in 1896 to replace an Ashanti Fort which is now a museum for tourism.
With Kumasi's weather, there is tropical wet and dry atmosphere, with moderately consistent temperatures over the span of the year. Kumasi midpoints around 1400 mm (55") of rain every year.
The city nearly includes two blustery seasons: a more extended season from March through July and a shorter stormy season from September to November.
The periods of February through to November is one long wet season, with a relative break in precipitation in August. Like whatever remains of West Africa, Kumasi encounters the harmattan amid the "low sun" months. Enduring from December to February, the harmattan is the essential wellspring of the city's dry season.
With Kumasi's economy, occupants are merely into trading. Because of huge deposits of gold in her soil, Kumasi produces about 50% of gold, timber and cocoa from Ghana to the world.
A significant part of the shopping and exchanging action in the city happens at Kumasi's shopping boulevards, in and around Kejetia Market and Adum. These two zones: Kejetia and Adum share a common boundary.
There is also the new $95 million established Kumasi City Mall which is around the Hutson road and the lakeroad. Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II opened the mall and named the Food Court at the mall after his late mother and Asantehemaa (Ashanti Queen Mother). The Kumasi City Mall has the status of not simply being the main shopping centre outside of Accra, however, it is currently and apparently the greatest shopping centre in Ghana and the greatest in West Africa.
The housing stock of Kumasi Metropolis is 148,413 with a normal number of people per place of around 12. The normal family unit size of the Metropolis is 3.9.
The primary construction material for external walls of abiding units in the Metropolis is cement/concrete (90.4%) and wood (3.3%). Cement (81.5%), Mud (6.1%) and terrazzo/tiles (5.6%) are the primary materials utilized for the development of floors of abiding units in the City. Metal sheets (90.8 %) and bond or concrete (5%) are the primary product and materials for houses in the Metropolis.
The principle wellsprings of electricity in housing units in the Metropolis are power (91.1%), electric lamp/burn (4.6%) and lamp fuel light (2.2%). Water for savouring the Metropolis is primarily acquired from pipe-borne (74.1%), boreholes (12.6%) and secured well (6.4%).
Interest for lodging in the Ashanti territorial capital Kumasi, expedited by populace development, has prompted a comparing increment in the cost of housing.
As indicated by information given by property directors in the Ashanti Region, lease in prime rural areas, for example, Nyiaeso, Adiambra, Ahodwo and Atasomanso extends between GHs¢400-GHs¢700 every month for a tolerable two room condos and houses.
The normal house costs in different areas in Ghana appear to take after worldwide patterns where houses are more costly in the national capital than whatever remains of the nation. The normal cost of a house in Accra is 12% more than what relates in different parts of Ghana.
Then again, the normal cost of a house in Kumasi is GHc220,000, which is around 21% beneath the national normal. This is why Kumasi is a potential place to invest in housing. Investors can buy houses and resell at later years which will cost high than investing in bonds or shares with lower rates.