"Capitol for the Ashanti Kingdom" Top 5 Page for this destination Kumasi by atufft

Kumasi Travel Guide: 75 reviews and 317 photos

Ghana's 2nd City and Leading Cultural Center

Accra was the colonial capital for the British, and the modern day capitol of Ghana naturally arose from the colonial roots. However, prior to this time, Kumasi was the capitol for the very powerful Ashanti tribe, the last to hold out against the British. Even then, the city was a gold and timber center that dominated the economies of the tribes around it. The city is known as the "garden city" as it is well spread out over a number of hills and valleys, with much vegetation filling in between. Today, the city has perhaps upwards of a million residents within it's metropolitan area. The center of the city is quite hilly, and it was here that we arrived from Cape Coast by tro-tro at about 8pm. There is a busy open air marketplace right adjacent to the central bus terminal where I spent half a day roaming around and taking photos of the very colorful and beautiful people here.

Kumasi is a Religious Center

Because Kumasi was also a spiritual center of sorts for the Ashanti, the Methodists, Presbyterians, and Catholics were Christian denominations with early missionary activity in Kumasi, and these churches are well represented in Kumasi today. Kumasi, like Ghana in general is heavily Christian today, with a substantial number of Muslim followers. This produces some stratification of the people in Ghana, with the Muslims more likely to be among the poor residents of Kumasi.

Kumasi Has a Great Sports Stadium

Almost anyone traveling between north and south of Ghana must come through Kumasi. This city has a large stadium, and since the city is close to the geographical center of the country, club competitions also center here. Soccer players from Ghana are very talented, and eventually, Ghana will win the World Cup, no doubt.

  • Last visit to Kumasi: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated Mar 22, 2007
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    I have read the fabrics are wonderful form here. Nice job of taking pictures and comments

  • Aafia's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2007 at 6:56 AM

    Your Ghana tips and photos bring back many fond memories. Your "people pictures" captured the beauty of these wonderful people.

  • el_ruso's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2007 at 11:58 PM

    your photos of the people of this exotic country are nothing less than fascinating. thanks for sharing.

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2007 at 7:34 AM

    A very interesting page and some great portraits. I was very impressed by the summary on lost wax casting.

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2007 at 12:46 AM

    I like the pics of the people. What is that brown and white goat eating at the barracks...?

  • sayedaburas's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2007 at 12:29 AM

    Thanks Allan for sharing. God is LOVE (~_~)

  • Vulindlela's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2007 at 5:47 PM

    This is great, Alan! Thanks for sharing this.

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2007 at 5:27 AM

    What a difference from the usual furtive shots of people's backs! Great idea. This is a great page, with very interesting content.

  • Helenbb's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2007 at 12:31 AM

    yes. sure.. no problem :))

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2007 at 11:51 PM

    Must come back to read! Was too taken by the precious faces. How beautiful everyone is! Amazingly neat city, Kumasi. The place is very colourful and your pics show that so well! Wow!

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