View of Sekondi-Takoradi
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Sekondi-Takoradi, population 335,000 (2005), is the capital of the Western Region of Ghana. It is Ghana's fourth largest city and an industrial and commercial center. The chief industries are timber, plywood, cigarettes, shipbuilding and railroad repair. It lies on the main railway lines to Accra and Kumasi.
Sekondi, older and larger, prospered from a railroad built in 1903 to hinterland mineral and timber resources. Takoradi has an important deepwater seaport, Ghana's first, built in 1928. Both stemmed from 17th Century Dutch, Swedish and English forts. During World War II, Takoradi Air Base was an important staging point for British aircraft destined for Egypt. 26 Squadron SAAF was also based in Takoradi during WWII flying anti-submarine and convoy protection patrols over the Atlantic. A number of South African airmen are buried in the Takoradi European Public cemetery.
The cities combined in 1946.
Sekondi city currently has several 'secondary' schools, 'colleges', and 'Special' schools, ranging from single to mix sex variation. These are: St. John's Secondary School, Sekondi College, Ahantaman Secondary School,Fijai Secondary School,Adiembra Secondary School, Archbishop Porter Girls Secondary School and many others.
Takoradi has a well-equipped technical training centre (Takoradi Technical Institute, TTI, 1,400 students in two shifts) assisted by the German Government through GTZ/GOPA.
Apart from TTI, Takoradi has a polytechnic and other renowned secondary schools including Ghana Secondary Technical School, St. Mary Secondary School, Bompeh Secondary School, Takoradi Secondary School and many others. Takoradi is also a port city and has timber, energy, and technology industries. Over the years it has attracted a good number of investors, including miners as the city is close to the mining towns in the western part of Ghana.
It has a lot of beautiful beaches which also attracts tourists world wide.
Mercy Foundation International is an organization that works with vulnerable children and street children. It has recently opened an internet café and computer training center to encourage familiarity with computers and help them acquire computer skills.
Sekondi and Takoradi are twin port cities (now a single municipality) in Western Ghana.
Market Circle is the "mall" of Takoradi. About the size of a high school football stadium and instead of a field in the middle it is criss-crossed with pathways that would rival any maze with booths and other shelters selling anything you may be looking for. Additionally, on the outside encircling street is again lined with just as many shops if not more, Muslim money changers (Euros or Dollars), cell phone time sellers and anything else you can imagine. Its a wonderful unknown to explore and take in.
The mansek Music school in Takoradi! Near Market circle!
The drinking spot Rockhead, just up from Market circle is a perfect place to relax in town! Or a short walk outside town to Africa beach is a little bit of luxary and the perfect way to cool down! hhh
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