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Globetrotter Of The Week (Sandra Ankobiah)

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As you grow older, you learn a few things. One of them is to actually take the time you’ve allotted for vacation. -John Battelle

Its Tuesday already and Sandra takes us to Turkey, after all a lawyer needs a break. So Sandra landed on turkey about a week ago in the company of Richard Mofe-Damijo, Dr.Dele Momodu and she seems to be having a time of her life.

The three did not only visit the country for relaxation but also took the pleasure and time to visit some wonderful sites in the city of Kapadokya and experience their culture. Did I forget to make mention of the cave hotel they lodged in? The Kayakapi hotel is to die for.

One can tell Sandra made good use of the beautiful weather and didn’t let us down in those white tee’s, jeans, awesome blazzers and sneakers. She didn’t forget to create some memories.

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The 8 Shopping Malls In Ghana; Cost Of Building, Owners & More!

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Accra’s landscape is changing—slowly, perhaps,but certainly. As economies rise and a shopping culture emerges, the retail opportunity is greater than even before. If you want to enjoy some retail therapy across the country,the following malls are at your disposal.

  1. Accra Mall

The Accra Mall is a state-of-the-art retail and shopping center in Accra, Ghana, located on the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange adjacent to the Tema Motorway. The mall was commissioned on July 4, 2008. It is one of the most modern shopping malls in West Africa and the first large-scale shopping centre in Ghana. The mall is an enclosed, fully air-conditioned shopping centre. It has 20,322 square metres of retail space with parking for over 900 cars. The Accra Mall accommodates 65 line-shops and 9 restaurants of which 30% are operated by Ghanaian retailers.

Project Cost: $36 Million

Built By: Actis (London)

Owners: Owusu Akyaw And Family/Actis, Now Owned By Atterbury(South African commercial and retail property developer) and Sanlam(financial services group)

2. A&C Mall/Square

A&C Mall is a privately owned business and the first of its kind. 18 years ago, A&C Mall set the standard for mixed use retail shopping centres in Ghana.

A&C Mall continues to grow and transform from year to year. The complex comprises of a shopping centre, a business plaza, a fitness health club, kiddy ground, and a mixed use space boasting a top UK university, retail stores, services and banking facilities covering about 6000sqm.

As a one stop shop for groceries, entertainment, healthcare, great food and shopping; the establishment provides clients with unmatched convenience and accessiblity.

A&C Mall, “It’s All Here!”.

Project Cost: N/A

Built By: A&C Development (Ghana)

Owners: Andrew & Cecilia Asamoah (Ghana)

3. Marina Mall

Marina Mall is a dual commercial development owned by Marina Market, a daughter company of Marina Group founded in Burkina Faso. It is strategically positioned, proximity to the International Airport, Airport Residential Area, Cantonments, Golden Tulip Hotel, Holiday Inn, the upcoming Marriot Hotel and the other offices in the Airport City area.

The mall has a six level Tower for offices with an approximate area of 3,250 sqm occupied by Nestle Central and West Africa, Technip Ghana/UK and Hess Ghana Exploration. With more than 45 outlets and a gross leasable area of 9,000 sqm spread across three floors, Marina Mall features a mix of designer fashion brands, kid’s entertainment place, huge supermarket and a varied food court. Marina mall was established in the year 2013.

Project Cost: N/A

Built By: Marina Market

Owners: Marina Group (Burkina Faso)

4. Junction Shopping Center/Mall

The Junction Mall is the biggest mall in the Tema area. The mall is located at the Nungua Police Barrier and has on its premises grocery shops, liquor shops, electronic shops, boutiques, supermarkets, restaurants and eateries, a pharmacy, cafe, Forex bureau, saloon, banks and telco companies.

Established in November 2014 ,the mall currently employs about 500 people and is a one stop shop for shopping and an ideal place for family entertainment and a tourist attraction. The mall which covers an area of 11,597m2 ,houses big name shops like Shoprite, Mrp, Jel, Woodin, Compu-Ghana (Samsung), Bata, Hisense etc. which stock products ranging from groceries, electronics, clothing and textiles, shoes etc. The food court of the mall also has eateries such as Barcelos, KFC, Pizza Inn, Chicken Inn and Chix and Ribs.

The Junction Mall is a great haven for the kids as they can have lots of fun at the various playground facilities at their disposal at the mall. The Mall has a beautiful surrounding and provides a serene atmosphere for shopping and hanging out. Bring the whole family to the Junction mall and have a wonderful experience.

Project Cost: $33.7 Million

Built By: RMDWestPort

Owners: RMDWestPort (South Africa)

5. West Hills Mall

West Hills Mall is a 27 700m² mall with a total of 65 shops incorporating popular South African brands as well as a mix of local and international retailers, restaurants, banks and a cinema complex.

The mall is situated on the newly completed Cape Coast highway on the western side of Accra, 20km from the existing Accra Mall in the east. Excellent access is provided via a dedicated underpass bridge structure from the highway to the shopping centre. It forms the gateway into the greater Accra region from western Ghana.

The mall opened in October 2014 and is anchored by Shoprite, The Palace and Edgars. The proposed second phase will add approximately 7 000m² to the mall, taking it to 34 700m².

Project Cost: $93 Million

Built By: Delico Property Development With Architecture By Mobius Architecture

Owners: SSNIT (Ghana) And Delico Property Development (Mauritius)

6. Oxford Street Mall

GLAHCO’s Oxford Street mall a thirteen-storey shopping mall and hotel complex located on the Cantonments Road, Accra otherwise known as the Oxford Street. The complex has 5,580m2 of retail spaces, 650m2 of restaurants and food courts all served with two underground floors of car parking. Phase two of the project will add a 132 room hotel facility on twelve floors.

Project Cost: $16 Million

Built By: Ghana Libyan Arab Holding Limited (GLAHCO)

Owners: Ghana Libyan Arab Holding Limited (GLAHCO) And The Government Of Ghana

7. Kumasi City Mall

The first phase of Kumasi City Mall is a 18 000m² shopping centre with an excellent mix of local and international retailers. It will be anchored by Shoprite and Game and incorporate 61 shops and restaurants. A five-screen cinema complex is envisioned for the future. To date, Game, Shoprite and Edgars are some of the retailers who have already committed to the development, in addition to a number of other well-known South African and local retailers.

Kumasi City Mall provides a convenient and highly accessible shopping destination to the entire city. The tenant mix will cater for the broadest possible sector of the market.The site is ideally situated on Lake Road, just north of the recently upgraded Eastern Bypass, 6km from the airport and 2.5km from the Kumasi CBD.

Construction commenced in June 2014 and the mall was completed in April 2017.

Kumasi City Mall is Atterbury’s fourth venture in Ghana.

Project Cost: 110 Million

Built By: Delico Property Development

Owners: Delico Property Development (Mauritius), Atterbury Africa Limited (South Africa), Hyprop Investment Limited (South Africa)

8. Achimota Shopping Center/Mall

Atterbury Property’s latest shopping mall development to be complete in Ghana – the R800 million ($60 million) Achimota Retail Centre located in north-eastern Accra – opened its doors to the delight of locals.

The brand new 15,000m² retail destination provides top-quality shopping for the first time on this scale under one roof in this part of the Ghanaian capital.

Achimota Retail Centre is anchored by South Africa’s Shoprite and local Ghanaian food and general merchandise retail chain, Palace. South African and local Ghanaian retail brands part of the tenant mix include Jet, Mr Price, MTN, Nallem, Foods Inn, CompuGhana and KFC, amongst others.

The centre – a single level mall – is home to 51 line stores, offering convenience, retail and fashion brands, as well as a restaurant and food court. It has basement parking for 250 cars and a further 335 open air parking bays.

Located on a prime site in the town of Dome and alongside the Accra-Nsawam Highway, Achimota Retail Centre boasts a contemporary design. Its design includes sustainability features such as grey water harvesting, environmentally conscious landscaping and a building management system. Local Ghanaian architecture firm, Multi Card Consult, designed the mall in a joint venture with South Africa’s Boogertman and Partners.

Project Cost: N/A

Built By: Atterbury Africa

Owners: Atterbury Africa Limited (South Africa)

Source: Ghananewhomes.com

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Cigar Pairings With Martell Cognac And Vintage Havana Club Rum

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Joseph Baffour Diawuoh, Martell Ambassador

The prestigious cognac brand, ‘Martell and Vintage Havana Club Rum’ held the 2nd interactive Cognac, Rum and Cigar Pairing Night yesterday at the Little Havana Restaurant and Bar in Osu, Accra.

Cigars have often been seen as the epitome of class, luxury, and status. Cognac and cigars is an age-old pairing but knowing the right cognac to pair with the chosen cigar flavuor is key to enjoying the flavuor and aroma of both. Unsurprisingly, the better the cognac and cigar, the better the experience.

So it was befitting to have the Martell VSOP and XO cognac pairing with the top range Cuban Cigars provided by Norman’s folly cigar club for the night.

Joseph Baffour Diawuoh, Martell Ambassador for West Africa took the guests through the history and heritage of Martell, and also how to pair and enjoy a perfect glass of Martell cognac with a selection of the finest Cuban cigars by Tobacconist and Cigar Aficionado, Kevin Norman, together with a wide range of Cuban inspired finger foods.

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Kaya Tours Fun Trip To Ada

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Ghana’s tourism is incredibly diverse both in terms of Cultural heritage and Leisure marvels.

Indigenous Tour Operator in Ghana 🇬🇭, Kaya Tours Ghana Limited has successfully delivered an incredible domestic fun trip to Ada, one of the best eco tourism hotbeds with endless possibilities.

According to Mr Abeiku Aggrey Santana , CEO of kaya Tours “ our aim is to offer the best possible tour packages within the shortest time from Accra and bundled in a luxurious affordable content “ when you think tourism , think 360 he added.

The 2 days 1 night journey was carried in an all luxurious bus with wifi, Fully Airconditioned, Bedroom, LCD TV’s , toilet and bathroom with kitchen and microwave oven.

“The route to Ada can be exciting with Adventure safari depending on the creativity of the tour Operator and the ground handler” , Santana opined.

The bus first stopped at A1 raceway where the patrons participated in Go Kart racing competition.

The fun party bus comprises of hit song maker Article wan , Radio Presenter Nana Romeo , Journalist publisher Nii Mustapha Attractive, Artiste Manager and Event Consultant Godwin Dogbe and some selected fans.

After the grand durbar of the Asafutufiam festival, the revelers joined the busting night life activities in Ada , Brightest spot for a live band session with the vintage Sappers band.

Early next morning , we woke up peacefully to the sounds of cockerels crowing and the refreshing breeze from the lake and sea.

We sigh contentedly, quickly growing excited and drove 36 kilometers to Holy Trinity Spa , Sogakope.

Holy Trinity Spa is essentially the ultimate romantic destination for holidays, vacation and getaways.

At the Spa the team was welcomed with drinks at the riverside where they fed ducks and later crocodiles.

Holy Trinity Spa at Sogakope has exquisite services in an ambiance where you can reconnect with nature. The spa has horses, camels , rabbits , birds, crocodiles , and water sports including Boat cruises.
In recent years Kaya Tours has established a firmer footing in Ghana’s domestic Tourism.

The company has organized tours to Kwahu, Cape Coast , Kumasi, Axim, Akosombo, Tamale , and now Ada.

Poised on delivering exciting tour packages to conform with the changing demands both local and international standards.

Report by
Abeiku Aggrey Santana
Tourism Destination Management Consultant.
CEO
Kaya Tours Ltd
www.kayatours.com

Email: [email protected]

 

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Kikibee’s Restaurant Earns Two Nominations @ 2018 Nightlife Awards

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In the second edition of a highly successful scheme to award the good works of hospitality industry players with strong impact on nightlife activity, Kikibee’s Restaurant Lounge Café is listed in two of the most coveted categories in this years Jack Daniel’s Night Life Awards.

The awards slated to be held in July, 2018 lists Kikibee’s restaurant in the category for BAR LOUNGE CAFÉ of the year and BEST WEEKLY EVENT of the year for the now most popular #KIKIBEESKARAOKE on Sundays.

Following the nominations announcement for the largely social media voting based awards many night lifers and industry people have strongly ticked Kikibee’s restaurant to win the BEST WEEKLY EVENT #KikibeesKaraoke .

In a very short span of about 16 months, management of KIKIBEE’S RESTAURANT have changed the initially boring face of nightlife on Sundays buy using innovative strategies to build the industries only consistent event.

The Sunday night Karaoke started in January 2017 as a weekly event and maintains consistency with Ghana’s best karaoke DJ J Voe and MC BJ who continue to show incredible synergy. The popularity of this event amplified when management gave it a twist by introducing #KaraokeWithTheStars and gives customers the exclusive intimate opportunity to freely mingle with celebrities from the likes of Mayorkum from Nigeria, Dblack, John Dumelo, Sarkodie, AsamoaGyan, Ben Brako, Patapaa, King Promise, Kidi and many more.

KIKIBEE’S RESTAURANT have gained a number of award recognitions in the past and continue to show great optimism towards winning big at the Jack Danie’s Night Life Awards, 2018. Fans and customers have started voting on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM & TWITTER by following the steps below;

POST THE NOMINATION FLYER AS MANY TIMES AS POSSIBLE
ALWAYS USE THE HASHTAGS #JDNA18 & #KIKIBEESRESTAURANT #KIKIBEESKARAOKE
TAG @jackdaniels_gh ON INSTAGRAM& FACEBOOK
TAG @GhjackDaniels on twitter

By: Live Fm

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