MOST TRADERS in Accra did brisk business as Ghana celebrated its 50th independence anniversary.
In the early hours of March 6, many traders at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle were seen selling paraphernalia including flags and hats made from paper, at ¢2,000 each.
A market survey by City and Business Guide in some parts of the city showed that Ghana @ 50 products such as bracelets, necklaces, earrings, poly bags, cloths, T-shirts, scarves and pencils were in high demand.
Both trotro and taxi drivers also had a field day transporting the large number of persons who thronged the Independence Square and the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre, at special independence rates.
The fare from the Trade Fair site to Circle for instance was ¢4,000 instead of ¢2,500.
Others who could not patronise the services of trotros were seen walking to the Independence Square. Some of them who spoke to City and Business Guide said they would rather walk to the Independence square and be part of the celebration than stay away from the activities.
“I may not be there to witness another 50 years so this is the time for me to witness this glamorous occasion,” Ms Elizabeth Boafo, a worker of Dunkwa Continental Goldfield said.
Vehicles were stuck in traffic as some drivers made way for dignitaries to drive to the Independence Square.
At the Central Business District, food vendors were seen selling in front of closed shops. Some traders were also seen displaying wares such as dresses, T-Shirts and scarves, in front of the closed shops.
However, trading of consumables and hardware went down drastically due to high patronage of Ghana @ 50 paraphernalia.