Exploring & Living In The Sun-City: Sunyani
Have you ever visited a new place and felt ‘wow’ about it? For many visitors, it happens at Sunyani. Sunyani may not be as popular as other cities in Ghana, but don’t be deceived!! You will be amazed by some of the places you can explore at this location. If you are looking for a full natural environment experience, coupled with affordable living standard as well as amazing people and culture, then the “Sun-City” is your destination.
Sunyani is the capital town of the Bono Region of Ghana. Surrounded by the forested Southern Ashanti Uplands, the city of Sunyani originally developed as an outpost camp for elephant hunters during the 19th century. The name Sunyani is derived from the Akan word for elephant: ‘Osono,’ and the area is an important hub for the distribution of cocoa, kola nuts, and staple foods such maize and yam. In 1924, The British colonial government designated Sunyani as district headquarters following the construction of roads connecting it with the city of Kumasi. Since then, the city has attracted a number of people and investments.
The “Sun-city” is a clean and well maintained city with a thriving economy that was voted the cleanest city in Ghana by the Ghana Tourist Board in 2007. A citation accompanying the award prize and a plaque says “this cleanliness and freshness of the sights and sounds of this city makes it the toast of many a visitor to the Brong-Ahafo region”. The economy is predominantly agrarian with approximately 48% of the population engaged in agriculture production. About 24 percent of the population is employed in the service sector, followed by commerce and industry which employ 15% and 13% of the populace, respectively.
Today Sunyani is home to both the regional government and high court. The region’s post-secondary institutions are also based in the city; including one polytechnic school and two universities. Several of the country’s best primary, secondary and technical schools can be found within Sunyani and its suburbs attracting students from throughout the region and beyond. There are several financial institutions complementing the financial service provision of the city as well as hospital providing health services.
Usually not the very first place to come to mind when you think about a destination to explore but this city offers great landscape and vegetation and for the those who prefer to be alone and go on a lonely adventure, this is your best bet. Such visitors can take advantage of the city’s hotels and lodges and hostels. A number of guest houses and restaurants can also be found in the city. The city has been strategically placed in a way that makes touring and sightseeing pretty easy with being surrounded by famous attraction sites such as;
- Kintampo Falls: These beautiful falls are hidden away in the woods close to the Kumasi/Kintampo highway
- The Centre of Ghana: The geographical Centre of Ghana is a tourist spot pinpointed close by in the kintampo town.
- Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary: 22km north of Nkoranza and home too many families of colobus and Mona monkeys, which are held sacred by the local people. Visitors taking forest walks, along shaded trails, are rewarded with sightings of many birds, butterflies and indigenous flowers and trees.
- Traditional Cloth Making at Boama: 20km from Techiman, the village of Nsuta is famous for the production of Kyenkyen, a local cloth produced from the bark of tress.
- The Heritage Centre of Bono and Ahafo: The history and culture of Bono and Ahafo people comes alive if you visit the Hani archeological site 50km from Wenchi, inhabited by the Beghos about 1200bc. This shrine is only accessible to visitors on Wednesdays and Sundays
- Lake Volta: Lake Volta flows along the eastern edge of Bono East Region and a visit to the port of Yeji makes a pleasant excursion. Local fishermen land their catch here and the boats from Akosombo stop off from here
- Fuller waterfalls 7km west of Kintampo. It falls gently over a series of cascades along the river Oyoko at y\Yabraso. It provides a scenic beauty at the site of the falls as it continues its journey towards the Black Volta River.
- Bui national park is found in the Tain/Wenchi district. The park stretches over part of Bono region and Savannah region
- The Ancient Amowi caves are underground caves. Legend has it that the Bono people came out of the ground through those holes.
Because it has everything you need in a city without being big and crazy, Sunyani is an amazing place live. The city being often quiet for the most part with its low crime rate, great food and affordable living, these are the reasons why Sunyani is such an awesome place to relocate.
- Sunyani seems to have been designed by very thoughtful town planners as the city is well planned and as such not prone to floods. Suburbs include; Abessim, Fiapre, Berlin Top, South Ridge, SSNIT Flat, Airport Residential Area among others. All the banks you can think of in Ghana have branches there. It isn’t a village if someone told you so. It’s a safe haven. A place where you can escape the daily hassle we experience in the capital city.
- Transportation is affordable as well as easily accessible. The layout of the main roads makes sense and it is easy to get around. Sunyani is a seven hour drive from Accra and it can also boast of an Airport. Taxi fares are very reasonable and “tro-tros” is very easy to come by as well. The taxi drivers are also very friendly. Ghanaians are generally hospitable but the people of Sunyani are more than hospitable. They tell you stories upon stories.
- There is NO TRAFFIC! How awesome is that?? Don’t you just hate traffic? Everyone does! Sitting in a car for long hours frustrates me more than any other thing. Living in a great city with no traffic is probably the best thing ever. You get to actually be at places on time. Just think about it.
- The place is neat and not densely populated. As we all know about the state of the environment in Ghana, the number of people in cities like Accra and Kumasi outnumbers the infrastructure or facilities in place and there is dirt everywhere. Sunyani is different as it is neat and homely. There is no problem with accommodation as well. Renting accommodation is moderately cheaper. Oh, and don’t get me started on the weather!! It is either cloudy, raining, drizzling or rarely scorching hot. The city experiences a double maxima rainfall pattern-the main rainy season between March and September and the minor between October and December.
- The people of Sunyani are absolutely great. The city has one of the finest people on earth. The Bono and Ahafo people with their inborn hospitality characters coupled with an all-beautiful Akan culture makes the place a unique location in Ghana. Their overriding humane spirit is endearing. You will come across people whose humanity and compassion shines thoroughly. Who doesn’t like being around amazing people!
Known as the green city of Ghana, Sunyani can pride itself for its fluidity. There is an airport, affordable housing, beautiful scenery, affordable living standard, great financial and educational institutions and hospitals. What more can you ask for?? For families and lovers who need some time to themselves you will enjoy Sunyani. If you happen to be in town on New Year, don’t miss the annual Kojo Antwi Concert. To those looking to relocate, WELCOME TO THE SUN-CITY!!