While waiting in church today, I saw the cable cars sitting at the top of the mountains surrounding the city. Gbadzeme is surrounded by mountains like waves upon waves of interlocking water towering high above the greenery. Mount Gemi is the king of the mountains. Gemi made Amedzofe, a neighbouring city famous as the highest habitable place in Ghana decades ago. It is said that when one reaches the peak of Gemi during a storm, the clouds could blind you and the winds would almost carry you away. I couldn’t wait for the service to be over so I could take a lift to the top of the mountain and slide down in the huge cable cars. Every hour I heard the sound of a five-passenger helicopter designed by Professor Ekekwe’s Vetify landing on the other side of the wide concrete street that ran in front of the of long stairway that led up to the cathedral. The helicopters carried tourists from Lagos, Lome, Abidjan, Accra and many other west African cities. It was the “last mile” to their holiday destination – Gbadzeme, one of the most intriguing attractions on the African continent.
Most tourists stayed a weekend or a little more at the Ivory Tower, a five-star hotel built into one of the majestic mountains next to Gime. They stayed there enjoying the world class hospitality while waiting their turns to participate in the dozens of attractions crammed into a four-day weekend – cable cars, mountain climbing, para-gliding, seven-city tours, cultural dances and the like. After church, I climbed down the stairs hurriedly as I heard the last notes from the massive 18th century organ imported from Germany. I joined the queue of holiday makers as we filed into a 21st century see-through elevator which could have been good enough for a twelve storey building. It took about fourteen of us to the top of the mountain where we boarded the cable cars. As we glided down towards the cathedral, I watched the giant wheel in the valley right behind the cathedral where the children’s park had been built.
The elders and elite of Gbadzeme had made a wise deal with those investors who wanted the mountains of Avatime a decade ago. The told them Gbadzeme and the other Avatime villages would own 40% stake in the company now known as Avatime Tours Limited and 60% of the workforce would be indigenes. Gbadzeme was registered as a company, a distinct legal entity. Every year during the AGM, every clan was represented by an educated elite and every family got a share of the profits. Every three years, Avatime Tours was mandated to take up a CSR project in one of the Avatime villages and in turn get tax exemptions from the Ghanaian government. We got great roads, vetted by professionals of Gbadzeme decent; lights glowed everywhere and water flowed in every house. Avatime Tours had ingeniously deployed four massive windmills which powered turbines that supplied all seven Avatime villages with power and clean water straight from the springs.
Gbadzeme had become a city, her children were sent to the best schools in the world from scholarships and grants. The world was coming here to see our mountains and we were going to the world to learn what we can do to become better. All kinds of jobs had been created in Gbadzeme by this singular deal – engineers, technicians, operators, safety experts, tour guides, food vendors, handy men, waiters and waitresses …. We had taken our destiny in our hands and we didn’t even have to belong to any political party.
Kenneth Igiri is an IT Professional with over 14 years’ experience in Service Management, Applications and Databases currently working in the banking sector. he current works with the Enterprise Architecture Team in his organization helping to build the bank of the future. When not working, he blogs, writes and teaches Sunday School. He is active on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.