Multimedia Afadjato Climb: Hundreds conquer Ghana’s highest mountain

It was the best feeling in the world for the many who defied all odds to make it to the peak of Ghana’s highest mountain, Afadjato on Saturday.

The climb to the top of Afadjato did not come easy for both grown ups and kids, who had to fight some of nature’s most challenging obstacles, to finally shout and rejoice that they have also managed to climb the most talked about mountain in Ghana.

Mount Afadja is the highest mountain in Ghana, at an elevation of 885 metres (2,904 ft).

The mountain is located in the Agumatsa Range near the villages of Liati Wote and Gbledi, in the Volta Region of Ghana at the border with Togo.

‘Afadja’ is the name of the mountain whereas ‘to’ in the Ewe dialect means mountain therefore it is called ‘Afadjato’ by the indigenes.

The climb was part of activities by The Multimedia Group to celebrate Ghana in the month of March. All platforms of The Multimedia Group – radio, TV and online – highlighted the uniqueness of Ghana this month and the climb was one of them.

The climb started at Liati Wote with the over hundred patrons beginning the challenge in batches. All successful climbers descended at Gbledi end of the mountain where a durbar was held for patrons, The Multimedia Group, The Ministry of Tourism and the Ghana Tourist Authority.

The chiefs and people of Gbledi put their rich culture, dance and music on display for their visitors. It was a day where Ghanaian tourism and culture took centre stage once again.

Speaking at the event, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts gave The Multimedia Group thumbs up for the organising the climb. “I’m really honoured to be part of this beautiful occasion,” she said.

She noted that the Ministry recently launched the domestic tourism drive, ‘Explore Ghana’ and the aim is for people to see Ghana, know Ghana and love Ghana and therefore it came as an exciting news “to me when I heard that Multimedia has decided to use the month of March as heritage month to celebrate everything Ghanaian.”

The minister acknowledged the importance and role of private sector in pushing Ghana’s tourism. “It’s very heart-warming that Multimedia has decided to drive tourism.”

She later told that plans are far advanced for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and The Multimedia Group to partner on several projects to help push Ghana’s tourism.

Some of the patrons, who managed to successfully climb the mountain, thanked The Multimedia Group for organising the event. “It’s been exciting,” one said.

Some noted that although the task was very challenging, they wouldn’t mind doing it again.

Story by Ghana | | Ernest Dela Aglanu (Twitter: @delaXdela / Instagram: citizendela)

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