You might have visited the Kakum National Park, the Kintampo water falls, the Legon botanical gardens or probably the Ankasa forest and come across some amazing canopy walkways. But did you know that a Ghanaian constructed all these canopy walkways? Yes, it’s the handiwork of a Ghanaian.
Mr. Kenneth Akufo Asare hails from Akyem Maase in the Eastern Region of Ghana. And he is the brain behind all the canopy walkways in Ghana and some in Sub-Sahara Africa.
During an exclusive interview with Kofi Adomah Onwanwani on Kofi TV, Kenneth revealed how it all started for him; a craft that now puts food on his table and that of his apprentices.
Kenneth stated that in 1994, the then Central Regional Secretary, the Late Ato Austin visited Malaysia and saw a canopy walkway. After inquiring from the Malaysians, Mr. Austin brought the manufacturers of the walkway, a group of Canadians, to Ghana to construct a similar walkway since he saw it as a potential tourist attraction.
The Canadians were very old at the time and needed a Ghanaian who could help with the Maintenace of the walkway when they’re done with manufacturing. This was because they were old and would not be able to be making the regular maintenance trips to Ghana.
At the time, Mr. Asare was a parrot trapper at the wildlife division and his boss back then, Mr. Bernard Asamoah Boateng chose him. According to him, his techniques for trapping parrots was very risky so the Canadians taught him how to use the safety belts and ropes for climbing.
Mr. Asare revealed that ever since he learnt this skill, he has manufactured new walkways as well as maintained existing ones.
He now owns a private firm that deals in the manufacture and maintenance of canopy walkways in Ghana and beyond.
Speaking on the way forward, he revealed that he will construct a zip line cable ride at Kintampo Waterfalls. He added that he will also construct camping houses where tourists can have a good time.
He is currently constructing the longest walkway in Africa (460m) in Akosombo under the auspices of CDH. And after it is inaugurated in December of 2019, Mr. Asare promises an amazing experience for Ghanaians.
Watch the full interview between Kofi and Kenneth below…