The town of Takoradi is twinned with the town of Sekondi. The two of them together form the third urban agglomeration of the country, with 450,000 inhabitants.
Takoradi is the capital of Ghana’s Western Region.
The Dutch and English colonists built a number of forts here in the 17th century, most of which are now in ruins. One of them, the Orange Fort, has been rebuilt and does duty as a lighthouse. Sekondi became prosperous in the twentieth century after the construction of the railway, linking the coast to the goldmines and forested areas.
Takoradi is more industrialised and more modern than its sister town. It is built around its port, which has become the first commercial port in Ghana, exporting enormous quantities of cocoa and timber.
The heart of the town is made up of one of Africa’s largest circular markets, where all the main avenues of the city come together. The market is surrounded by an industrial area. The main industries here are sawmills, plywood factories, paper works, aluminium works, a tobacco factory and a cocoa processing plant.