• Building safety revisited in Accra

    At a seminar in Accra last week, entitled “Building Safety in Ghana: Aftermath of Melcom Disaster,” an engineer attributed the collapse of the Melcom shopping mall to preventable building security inadequacies. The residential flats that had been converted into a mall collapsed in November last year, killing at least nine people. According to Desmond Aryee-Boi, a […]

  • Over three quarters of Accra’s residents live in urban slums

    The People’s Dialogue on Human Settlement, upon forming a localised definition of a slum, established that 80% of Accra’s residents live in slum conditions. CEO Farouk Braimah said, “There are basically two definitions we can ascribe to a slum. We identified five key areas; the one that talks about improved sanitation, the one that talks […]

  • West Africa’s biggest mall under construction in Accra

    West Hills Mall responds to the growing attachment Ghanaians have found to shopping malls for their safety and convenience. Architects intend for the mall to be of an international design standard and include local and international tenants. The $93 million, 10- hectare development is under construction in Western Accra and set to be completed by […]

  • A growing city, challenging housing options

    Owning a home is a reality for only a few in Accra. For most, even long-time residents, renting is the only option. The city’s housing market is like a pyramid: At its apex, a small international set – many of whom have lived or currently live abroad – own the most expensive residences. Moving down, […]

  • On its path to liveability, Accra explores new transport options

    For the average commuter, Accra is choked by bottlenecks and traffic congestion. The city’s commercial activity attracts two-thirds of commuters to the CBD, but the ineffective transport system stifles accessibility, productivity and liveability. The city’s longstanding transportation planning bias toward cars is catching up with the growing city. An estimated 70 percent of commuters get […]

  • Who’s driving Accra’s future?

    Despite its growing economy, Accra’s local government has struggled to finance the planning and management of its housing and infrastructure needs, which has pushed national government to turn to private sector-facilitated development. New hotels, office buildings and commercial high-rises are cropping up in the city, particularly in high-end and commercially attractive areas, including around the […]

  • Cultural renaissance on the streets of Accra

    Ghana’s cultural policy is largely stuck in the past, with the state steadfastly centered on promoting historical tradition. Much of the public holds the same perspective, says Ato Annan, project officer of the Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana (FCA), a non-profit organisation and network of Ghanaian artists. “Most Ghanaians are set in what they perceive […]

  • Whose city is it, anyway?

    “Accra has always had a dual personality, right from its beginnings,” says Nat-Nuno Amarteifio. He should know. A historian, he was mayor of the city from 1994 to 1998. With approximately 2,3 million residents, Accra increasingly finds itself at the centre of one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, and like many major cities […]