IMG_0621bHome to choice Shopping Malls, Pubs, Restaurants, Casinos and Night clubs, the ever bustling Oxford Street popularly known as the “West end of Accra” is located in the Osu District of the Ghanaian capital. However, during Easter festivities, this commercial street is transformed into the biggest street retail event in Ghana with variety of local and other African products on display; musical and cultural displays delight of thousands of locals and foreigners who visit the jamboree event to shop and enjoy the ambiance and local entertainment.

Ghanaian Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs Elizabeth Ofoso-Adjare while endorsing the Street Fair which uplifts local businesses and products as an annual affair to be celebrated in the country’s tourism calendar, observed that the fair had the potential to boost the city’s tourism credentials, as well as providing employment opportunities for the youths of the city and beyond

Ghanaian Tourism-Minister
Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Ghana Tourism Minister

“It is a good opportunity to promote our businesses and I will encourage local businesses to take advantage of the opportunities the fair offers to show what Ghana has to offer”, she said.

Mrs. Catherine Morton, the Project Director of Street Fairs International (SFI), said the Organization intended to host bi-annual street fairs in the city, with the objective of sharpening the appetite of consumers for locally-manufactured goods and services.

 “It is also our aim to put Ghana on the tourism map through our events. Our hope is for the Oxford Street International Fair to grow to rival other international street fairs and become a major attraction on the country’s tourism calendar”, she said.

She said further that the company would establish a support wing to help street hawkers and new entrant businesses to participate in all the fairs in support of the local industry.

IMG_0629Pauline Pius, a first time exhibitor from Kenya, produces exquisite and well patronized African hand-made bags and foot wears. She testified that her participation at the fair has helped to promote her products and would certainly be a regular exhibitor at subsequent fairs.

IMG_0636Joseph Ayamga representing the Gambibgo Anongtaara Basket Weavers Association of Ghana was also a first time exhibitor and was full of praises for the event which has further enhanced the market for their craft works.

The fair, which has the Accra Metropolitan Assembly as one of its partners, will now be held bi-annual during the Easter and Christmas seasons.

IMG_0633         IMG_0635  IMG_0565 IMG_0570 IMG_0597           IMG_0593a