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ACCRA, Ghana, November 3, 2023 – In the bustling heart of Accra, as we approach the close of 2023, the first Kantanka automobiles, born from the industrious town of Winneba, continue to spark a sense of pride among the Ghanaians.
These vehicles, a testament to robust engineering and elegant design, glide through the city’s veins and rest in its many alcoves, still catching admiring glances years after their debut.
The source of this pride runs deep; Kantanka is not just a car but the realization of a vision by Ghana’s pioneer President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. He imagined an Africa where innovation drives progress, harnessing its vast wealth and resources to eradicate poverty and elevate every nation on the continent.
Nkrumah dreamt of a future where the echoes of unity and independence resonate across the continent. He saw Ghanaian cities rise as hubs of scientific discovery, knowledge, advanced agriculture, and deep philosophy, all contributing to a self-sustained and thriving Africa.
Inspired by Nkrumah’s vision, Kwadwo Sarfo Kantanka ignited a movement towards self-reliance, establishing Kantanka Automobile in 1994 as a beacon of innovation and a statement of Ghana’s post-colonial resurgence.
Francis Kudjordjie, the General Manager of Kantanka Automobile, emphasized the journey of automobile creation as a marathon, not a sprint, reflecting a legacy of perseverance and meticulous craftsmanship.
The foundation of Kantanka’s automotive ambition was laid two decades prior, with the simple making of soap and building blocks. This evolved into agricultural ventures, the creation of farm machinery, and ultimately the intricate process of engineering engine blocks and sourcing engine parts.
His technical education and welding skills were just the beginning; a passion for music led him to craft electric drums, speakers, guitars, amplifiers, and mixing consoles, blending artistry with technical prowess.
Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka is the also the founder of Christ Reformed Church in Ghana, which opened its doors in 1971 after starting out as a prayer group in 1969.
It now has over 140 branches across Ghana with its core fundamentals – to care for the needy. Christ Reformed Church also encourages members to volunteer within agriculture and to regularly visit those in hospitals, prisons and orphanages.
The mission was clear: to produce vehicles that stand out for their excellence and added value, to broaden the scope of the company’s Original Equipment Manufacturing, and to cultivate a market rich with models and services that meet the needs and aspirations of customers in Ghana and across the continent.
The company’s journey started with a deep dive into the research of automotive components. In just a few years, they masterfully merged locally produced parts with outsourced components to assemble a complete vehicle, a testament to their innovative spirit.
This venture culminated in the inaugural Completely Built Unit, a marvel of local ingenuity, utilizing over 75% of components crafted within Ghana’s own industrious workshops, including the engine block fashioned in 1998.
The year 2006 marked a milestone with the birth of the first SUV, dubbed ONANTEFO 1 and Onantefo II in 2007. Today, he has built a semi-automated vehicle assembly facility with a monthly capacity of 120 cars..
The lineup boasts an impressive all-electric vehicle that promises a liberating 10-hour journey on a mere two-hour charge, showcasing Kantanka’s commitment to sustainable and advanced automotive solutions.
The fleet also features cars that leap to life at the touch of a smartphone app, respond to the simple gesture of a handkerchief wave, and can be driven remotely, blending traditional convenience with modern technological sophistication.
Every vehicle is not only manufactured on Ghanaian soil but also rigorously tested across the nation’s diverse and challenging terrains, ensuring resilience and reliability in every model that rolls out of the Kantanka factory.
Kantanka vehicles have earned the trust of political and business leaders as well as law enforcement agencies, a solid testament to their quality and performance. With a price range from $18,000 to $35,000, these vehicles offer both affordability and excellence.
Under the strategic vision of General Manager Kudjordjie, Kantanka aims to steer its course across Africa and even to the Caribbean Diaspora, positioning itself as the go-to brand for those who value afrocentric excellence and seek a distinctive, robust, and reliable vehicle beyond the ubiquitous offerings in the market.
Kudjordjie hints at even grander ambitions: the possibility of planting a Kantanka assembly hub in the Caribbean, expanding the brand’s footprint and fulfilling a vision of global reach and impact.
Connoisseurs of 4×4 off-road pick-up trucks will find their match in the Kantanka pick-up – a vehicle that merges durability with comfort and stands shoulder to shoulder with its peers, like the esteemed Toyota. The luxury SUVs from Kantanka hold their own against the best in the market, promising an unparalleled driving experience.
In an inspired leap beyond the realms of automotive mastery, the Kantanka enterprise has ventured into the noble arena of healthcare, birthing the Kantanka Herbal Pharmaceuticals and Research Centre (KHPRC).
This institution stands as a beacon of wellness, marrying the ancient wisdom of natural remedies with the rigors of modern research to offer a pantheon of herbal concoctions dedicated to the art of healing and the science of longevity.
At the helm of this verdant oasis of health is Dr. Ohene Kwabena Safo, a visionary who orchestrates the seamless blend of tradition and innovation within Kantanka’s health division. With a palette of both modern and time-honored herbal treatments, they forge ahead in their mission to nourish and restore.
Their flagship creation, IMMULATE, emerges as a paragon of this philosophy. It’s not just a supplement; it’s a vanguard of health, wielding anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune-modulating properties to safeguard and enhance cellular well-being, charting a course toward optimal health.
Dr. Safo asserts with conviction, “Our guiding star is the belief that only through nature can we find the truest form of healing. Any deviation from its pure form risks introducing toxins to our bodies. It is through natural, organic extracts, in harmony with our biological systems, that we find our path to enduring health and vitality.”
With this ethos, Kantanka stands poised at the vanguard of healthcare, ready to enrich lives with the purity of nature’s own essence.
As the sun sets on the bustling streets of Accra, the Kantanka automobiles stand not merely as machines of mobility, but as heralds of a new dawn.
They are more than the sum of their parts; they are the embodiment of a dream long-held, a dream of self-sufficiency, of African innovation, and of a future where the continent no longer just partakes in the global dialogue of progress but leads it.
This is the legacy of Kwame Nkrumah, living and breathing through each Kantanka that rolls off the line, a beacon of hope and a testament to the boundless potential that thrives within the heart of Ghana and the spirit of Africa.
Let the Kantanka be not just a vehicle one drives, but a journey one takes — a journey towards an Africa that is driving itself towards an epoch of greatness, powered by the aspirations of its people and the relentless pursuit of excellence. (WiredJA)