Kanda is a residential area which was developed during the era of Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. It is located about 15 minutes’ drive from Accra Central, surrounded by communities like Asylum Down, North Ridge, Nima and Cantonments. One will not be too far from the truth if they describe Kanda Estates is one of the most planned neighbourhoods with modern architecture in Ghana. It also has very good road networks, potable water and electricity.
Amazingly, two of Ghana’s biggest television stations are located in Kanda. The oldest, also government owned is the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC). The public television station operates a number of radio stations on its premises at Kanda. Formerly known as the Gold Coast Broadcasting System (GCBS), GBC started operating in 1954 and since the independence of 1957, it was renamed. It has a clinic that offers laboratory services which caters for the health needs of staff, their family and other members in Kanda. About a hundred steps away from the television station are some residential facilities for workers with of the public television station – GBC.
About 5-minutes’ walk away from the public owned television is TV3, a privately owned television network which started operating in 1997 and became very popular for airing Mexican soap operas.
Across the street from TV3 is the French Embassy which is opened to the public for chancery, consular, cultural and cooperation services. The French Embassy shares a wall with the residence and office of the president of the Republic of Ghana, Flagstaff House. The structure dates back to the British Colonial era and was reconstructed by President John Agyekum Kuffour’s government in 2008. It officially became the seat of government in January 2013 by the current President, John Mahama.
Until the current government moved into the Flagstaff House, Kanda had the Accra Zoo which shared the same wall. The animals were transported to the Kumasi Zoo when the Flagstaff House was reconstructed.
If you are considering Kanda as a place of residence, there is a good number of privately owned schools for your wards. They include the Saint Pauls Lutheran School, Aggrey Memorial International School and Sal Valley School. Kanda Cluster of Schools is a public educational institute which was established to provide affordable education for children living in the community.
Kanda has a post office with some good amount of security due to the neighbourhood’s proximity to the Nima Police Station and the Flagstaff House. Kanda was initially designed to serve residential purposes accounting for fewer businesses operating in the neighbourhood.
Ghanaians cannot do without waakye (boiled rice and beans with stew) and the popular ‘waakye’ joint in Kanda is Aunt Sala’s – one of the tastiest you can find in the capital. Afrikiko Leisure Centre is also one of the favorites for residents of Kanda. It houses Thai Cuisine, Tham Tham and Cafe Des Amis – a restaurant and a pâtisserie which hosts live literary events. There is also the salsa lesson which takes place on Wednesday evenings. On weekends, there is live music also. Afrikiko also hosts a lot of alumni’s meetings due to its central location.
Author: Delali Kumapley, Content Creator, Lamudi Ghaana