Last year in Ghana, I wrote about a new shopping mall being built in Cape Coast, Ghana, a city about three hours west of Accra. This year I am at work in Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region and located in the middle belt of the country. As mall death spreads globally, Kumasi is now the home for a newly-minted, Kumasi City Mall. Often described as the Garden City, for its lush flora, I thought it fitting to see beautifully flowered mannequins throughout the Mall as a gorgeous backdrop for selfies.
President Nana Akuffo-Addo and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II commissioned the mall a few days ago. During his remarks, President Akuffo-Addo lauded the facility but also admonished the fact that “items originating from Ghana and from our local entrepreneurs constitute barely 5% of goods on sale.” With plenty of stores for rent among the 68 spaces allocated, one can only hope for a shift. It is very likely that local vendors lost selling spaces in preparation for this 95 million dollar project.