Kumasi City Mall (KCM), Ashanti Region’s pride in modern one-stop retail shopping, will be host to a special month-long bazaar of African handicraft and wares, mall authorities have announced in Kumasi.
Starting from Friday, March 1, KCM will line up for shoppers a captivating variety of African products and merchandise – ranging from handcrafted and designer clothing, rare African fashion accessories and indigenous artworks to traditional African foods and foodstuff.
Explaining details of a new campaign the mall calls the ‘Afro Goods Market’, Mr. John Badu-Bonsu, Marketing Manager, told journalists that throughout the month of March, KCM will serve as Ghana’s principal repository for top-grade and exceptional African craft and merchandise.
“We have lined up more than 40 accomplished artisans and vendors of African-themed wares and products, mostly from the Greater Accra, Ashanti and the Brong-Ahafo Regions, for this month-long bazaar; Our intention here is to make these rare types of merchandise more visible, accessible and affordable to our patrons and customers, and also to Kumasi-bound tourists,” said Mr. Badu-Bonsu.
He said: “The Afro Goods Market will ‘swing into a special gear’ on Independence Day; on which occasion, a variety of cultural entertainment will be infused into the bazaar.
“On Independence Day, the mall will partner with the Kumasi Centre for National Culture to have traditional weavers demonstrate to shoppers how their Kente and smock fabrics are made, while local artisans will work on-site to customise handicraft and other items for customers,” Mr. Badu-Bonsu disclosed.
He said KCM will reverberate with fanfares as traditional music and dancers will perform throughout the day, and the Abibiman Cultural Troupe will mount an outdoor stage to re-enact the declaration of independence by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as part of the mall’s activities commemorating Independence Day.
On a normal day, KCM offers its customers an interesting blend of Ghanaian and international brands and products including grocery and foodstuffs, lifestyle, beauty and wellness, electronics and telecommunications, budget and designer fashion and clothing. Other categories are pharmaceuticals, gifts and high-value jewellery, banking and financial services, restaurants and eateries, entertainment and children’s games and recreation.
In terms of space, KCM boasts a total car parking capacity of well over 1,000 bays on-grade, including what is now considered to be the country’s biggest undercover (basement) parking. The mall is also celebrated for being home to W&D Movies, Ghana’s first and only deluxe ‘Watch and Dine’ movie theatre complex.