Akwaba. Welcome to Komenda!

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Hi everyone!

I want my first blog post to be about the beautiful city of Komenda where I am living in. Komenda has about 5000 direct inhabitants, and roughly 30000 people are living in its greater area. It is part of the K.E.E.A district (Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem), and the biggest town there. Situated directly at the coast of the Atlantic, fishing plays a very big role here.

The town is very rich in history and mystery. According to the legends it was founded by a man named Komen who came to the dutch side of Komenda and asked the Dutch for shelter. The Dutch though refused his bid, and told him to look for shelter west of the river that was the border of Dutch-Komenda. They warned him though that a monster was living on the other side of the river. The Dutch promised Komen, that if he was able to kill the monster, they would give him all of the land west of the river. So Komen killed the monster, and not only gave Komenda it’s name, but also founded British-Komenda, west from Dutch-Komenda.

That’s what the legends say. Who knows what happened. But one thing is obvious even from the legend. Komenda was very very much intertwined in the colonial fights between the Dutch and the British for Ghana. There are many remainders visible of that, most importantly the Komenda Castle. Although in really bad shape, damaged by war, age and careless treatment, a lot of it is still surprsingly intact.

Komenda has everything one can wish for in Africa. A central water supply, electricity during most parts of the day (especially at night), and cellphone reception from three different providers (MTN, Glo, Vodafone). Vodafone is even 3G, so I have a better internet connection here than in some parts of Germany, which is kind of amazing.

What gave Komenda most of its current status is a sugar factory that was in operation in Komenda until about 30 years ago. Nobody knows why it closed. A lot of excitement here right now is due to the fact that an Indian investor is planning on reopening the plant.

Enjoy the pictures!

2 thoughts on “Akwaba. Welcome to Komenda!

  1. Paul Havlik

    Hi, I see you were/are in Komenda. My dad built the sugar factory there 1964-1967 when we left. Are you still in Komenda? His office was in the building you show in the picture and we lived along the old runway on the right side (ocean side) about 3/4 of the way towards town. Please connect with me if you have more pictures or can take more while you are still there. Best, Paul

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  2. Paul Havlik

    If there is any history there, my dads name was Vaclav Havlik and he was the General Manager in charge of getting the factory built. It was designed and manufacture at Skoda in Hradec Kralove & Pilsen in the old Czechoslovakia and became operational in early 1967, we left (escaped to the US) for the US in the summer of 1967.

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