More than art Chale Wote festival, a business boomer

“I have struggled to make sales and profit under some fairs but this is different. Business is good and I am happy to be here”.

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Art and Craft dealers in Accra look forward to the Chale Wote festival each year, as the festival over the years has become a bumper season for their businesses.

This weekend's Chale Wote festival saw both sides of the James Town Street  filled with products as businessmen and businesswomen exhibited their wares to the thousands that thronged the place to be part of the festival.

On display and sale were African artifacts ranging from beads, traditional African wear, Jewelries, among others.

As usual, food vendors had a field day. There were assorted drinks ranging from locals such as Palm wine to exotic ones. The usual banku, waakye and kenkey were not left out.

Business owners told Infoboxdaily they were satisfied with patronage.

Osam Sarsah of Heuman socks, an exhibitor, said the festival had offered him an opportunity to exhibit and market his vintage socks. A lot of people thronged to his stand buying socks, and he couldn't’t help but admit business was good.

In another interview, Mohammed Ali, who sells paintings, said he was impressed with the turnout which had translated into sales in his pocket. Mohammed had sold three paintings at the time of this interview and was all smiles.

“I don’t sell paintings this fast but today, we have more time and already, three paintings have been bought,” he said.

Millicent Adu-Poku Laryea of Green Forest Honey admitted her honey business was booming. “I have struggled to make sales and profit under some fairs but this is different. Business is good and I am happy to be here”.

Joseph Stein, who sells Moringa products, told infoboxdaily people had shown lots of interest in his product and that market was good.

Rhodaline Karl Garglo was, however, not happy with the turn of events. She expressed disappointment in sales of her beads.

Generally, the festival was an opportunity to make some quick cash than usual. The 2015 Chale Wote Festival was successful as thousands participated in the event.

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