Monday, March 16, 2009

Finding the Unexpected in Tema: Tema Central Mall

I'm seriously beginning to wonder why some things are not better advertised in Ghana. This past Saturday, I happened to stumble across the Tema Central Mall completely by chance. Tema, in case you did not know, is a port city east of Accra. How we ended up in Tema on Saturday morning is a convoluted tale that involves masses of traffic around the Accra Mall at the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange. Would you believe the traffic was a result of the graduation ceremony at the University of Ghana? So there we were in Tema. I decided to swing by the MaxMart supermarket situated at somewhere called the "Tema Central Mall" . I completely expected this 'Tema Mall' place to be a dinky little building but was pleasantly surprised. It is a cute and quaint mall very similar to the one at East Legon. Aside from MaxMart supermarket, the Tema Mall is complete with a beauty parlour, coffee shop/restaurant (Café de Lyon), a Woodin textile stop, Identity clothing store, and a restaurant that appears to serve mouth-watering entrées. Apparently there is a gym there too. There were other shops but too little time to explore. I think the Tema Central Mall is suffering from a serious case of being under-hyped when it is actually quite impressive. Why can't the businesses there come together and have a web-page or an ad in the newspaper?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not bad. I completely agree that these companies should create a website to advertise what they have to offer. A win win situation if you ask me.

Abena said...

Glad to hear someone agrees with me Anonymous! They should not underestimate the power of the web.Both the Accra and A&C Malls have good websites.

Nana Yaw Asiedu said...

I agree with what you have written. Maya and I went to the Tema High Court once, and she took me there. I so loved it, I actually started to look forward to going to court in Tema for the first time. Maybe, from now, you will wait with bated breath for Legon's congregation. Lol!

Abena said...

Glad to hear you also agree with me Nana Yaw! I take it our scenic port city is not that thrilling otherwise?!

Nana Yaw Asiedu said...

Tema is fine, although you seem to need to be from there to know where to go.

Are you coming to Wednesday's Blog Meet? Say yes!

Abena said...

You are so right about Tema! Actually, now that I think about it, I would be completely lost in many parts of Accra....Unfortunately weekday meet-ups really clash with my work schedule because I spend a lot of time outside of Accra...

Anonymous said...

Abena,tht is exactly wht passed thru my mind when i visited Tema Mall recently.....i can only jus imagine the wonders some good marketing wud do to them..neefa.

Abena said...

Glad to hear you agree Neefa...quite a shame that the shop-owners don't seem to realise it...

Anonymous said...

Abena,
I know this has been a couple of years later but there now exists a website for Tema Central Mall, :-).
http://www.temacentralmall.com/

Abena Serwaa said...

Thanks for the update Anonymous!!! Much appreciated...