Business activities have suddenly bounced back to life at the Kumasi Race Course Market after an intervention by the Asantehemaa, Nana Ama Konadu.
Her intervention saw the official announcement of Nana Afia Kyeiwaa as the new queen of the market, leading to subsequent announcements of other headmen and women for the various groups in the market.
The announcement made by the Kumasi mayor last two weeks was followed by the immediate takeover of the new market queen and her compatriots who saw to several strategies to bring the market alive again.
Few days later, contrary to commentaries that the market could never come alive again, the people of Kumasi became witnesses to an increased trading environment with loads of traders still pleading for stalls and sheds.
Nana Afia Kyeiwaa, who is also the Queen of the Bantama Market, and holds a considerable influence over the traders, sent about 5000 traders to the Race Course Market.
Secretary to Nana Kyeiwaa, Oppong Kyei Osborn, speaking to this journalist noted that, some traders were selected to go to the Race Course Market while a few other remained at the Bantama market since the latter market was small in size.
Thanking the Asantehemaa for her swift intervention, he said there was no gainsaying that the race course market was the biggest market in the Ashanti Region and proved to be very profitable for traders there.
“The traders keep thanking Nana Kyeiwaa for reviving the market since she brought thousands of traders from the Bantama market to this place. There is nothing you need that you cannot get from the race course market now,” he pointed out.
With regard to those who opposed the appointment and instructions of the Asantehemaa at the market, the secretary noted that Nana Kyeiwaa was rather focused on making the market a successful trading centre and not on detractors.
“If only they can be humble enough to accept her as their market queen she will surely work with them, otherwise they may have to look for another place to trade their farm produce,” he advised.
Meanwhile, following the exodus of a large chunk of the traders from Bantama to race course, a decongestion exercise was undertaken at the Bantama market environs last week.
All the traders who were plying their trade on the sides of the street, on the shadows of the Goil filling station and some other close areas have been asked by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly to now go into the market since there are spaces for them.
Following that directive those who refused to go had to be forcefully evicted by KMA City Guards to sanitise the street and enhance the flow of traffic.
Story: From James APPIAKORANG JNR., KUMASI, ASHANTI REGION