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“The assembly of female grocers- Kejetia” 5 of 5 stars
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Kejetia Market
Kumasi, Ghana
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Ranked #4 of 9 things to do in Kumasi
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Owner description: This is supposedly one of the largest markets on the continent.
Kumasi, Ghana
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“The assembly of female grocers- Kejetia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Almost entirely female, they are astute business people who by their numbers wield considerable political influence. Dealing mainly in agricultural produce, they have linkages with growers all over the country and sometimes even beyond our borders. Strong bonds are forged with growers sometimes to the extent of pre-financing the farms. They have the first refusal with their suppliers and it's their leavings that are offered others.Then there is the phenomenon of "market queens"- they are the capitalists of the trade in fresh produce. They maintain a network of agents in all important buying centres, and are immediately informed of bargain prices. They receive all new sellers into markets and determined the mark-ups in their specific sections. There is also an aspect of welfare in their functions and oversee the well-being of their "subjects". They may determine which bulk transporter's wares may be accepted into their section. In brief, they have executive oversight.

Visited March 2013
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““Worth visiting with a guide””
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Kejetea must cover an area of about 1 mile by half a mile right in the middle of Kumasi.
The network of alleyways is so dense that it totally hides the main Kumasi to Accra railway line and station. Different parts of the market are devoted to different kinds of goods. All the approach roads are lined with stores .The noise, colour and level of activity are indescribable. Before entering try and get a vantage point from an overhanging balcony to see the whole kaleidoscope. Round the edges of the market you will see women carrying enormous loads of goods on their heads transporting goods within the market. When you go into the market, get ready to dodge to one side as carriers walk through shouting “Abbo”. Despite the level of activity it all seemed very well ordered. Our guides from Ashanti Tours ( one of whom had worked in the Market ) were invaluable in helping us navigate. Staff from “Four Villages Inn” are also prepared to offer 3 hour tours. Quietest area of the market is the corridor selling /sewing Kente cloths as ,relative to other areas of the market, the goods are higher priced (but nevertheless very good quality). Outside Adanwomase , best place to buy Kente cloths.

Visited November 2012
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“One of the best markets in Africa”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

If you haven't been to a major African market before, this will come as a huge shock: the noise, the colour, the crowds...not to mention the piles of dried snake skin and shrunken monkey heads! If you have been to those in places like Bukavu, Kampala or even those in Asia it might not be quite so startling, but it is still the only real site in what is otherwise a dull and unpleasant city.

Visited July 2012
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La Paz, El Beni, Bolivia
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“BIGGGG, and full of life”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Great place! And you can find nearly anything. Whether you're looking for something to buy or just something to see, you should definitely check out this market when in Kumasi. I got my favorite shirt here!

Visited August 2011
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“a big confusion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

It is a huge market that is the best expression of African's soul. It is coloured, noisy, interesting, rich and poor, however a really paradise for photographers. However be careful: not all people are happy to be in your photos, so respect their wishes.

Visited January 2012
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