Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ever Been To Takoradi? Know Of "Virgins Island?"

Takoradi Airport
Since I moved to Takoradi about a year ago, I haven’t really written much about Sekondi-Takoradi as much as I’ve been writing about Accra. I also feel, I don’t share enough contents via my Twitter feed nor my Foursquare link about this interesting twin-city.

Sekondi-Takoradi is located on the West Coast of Ghana approximately 4hrs by bus from the capital, Accra.

The recent oil discovery in the region has led to some commercial airline operators extending their routes to this part of the country. The likes of Antrak Air, Air Shuttle and City Link do ply the Accra-Takoradi route and this takes only 35mins from both airports.

The twin-city has a population of approximately 500,000 with the main trades being derived either from its location as a port - fishing and shipping, or from an emerging trade as a tourist destination. With the discovery of the recent oil find, there is soon to be a booming oil-marketing venture in this region.

Whiles in Takoradi, a couple of the expats I work with kept asking if I’ve ever been to “Virgin Island” and I kept saying No... Since then, I kept asking; where is this place that most people including myself don’t really have any idea about?  Asking a native of Sekondi-Takoradi about “Virgins Island” and you won’t be surprised at his/her answer. Some might reply; “What type of animal is that?” "Is that a name of a place or a person?” amongst others…

Whiles preparing to attend BarCamp Kumasi last weekend on the campus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, I decided to fly to Accra from Takoradi via Antrak Air and continue to Kumasi as early as I can so as to enable me hold a section on Citizen Journalism (Blogging), New Media Tools & also share a few tips with the bar-campers... (The story about my lateness to #BCKsi requires another blog-post)

It was at the Takoradi Airport where I learned that, the "Virgins Island" is best seen from the air and that’s the main reason why, most natives don’t really know about it. Therefore, if I have a camera, this was my best chance at taking some photos. Luckily for me, I had my camera so that wasn’t really a problem.

Aerial View of Virgins Island, Takoradi
Immediately after take-off, I positioned myself and camera at an angle which made it very suitable and easy to capture some images. Below, you’ll find the aerial view of "Virgins Island" in Takoradi. I’m planning a trip to the island to learn more when I have a free time.I need to know, why it is called; Virgins Island.

Virgins Island, Takoradi
Wikipedia also have a feature on Sekondi-Takoradi worth looking at if you’re interested in visiting this part of Ghana soon. In my next post, I’ll cover the tourist attraction sites and best places to visit whiles here.

Stay Tuned..! Happy reading :)
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1 comment:

Nana Yaw Asiedu said...

Virgins' Island? Take me with you!