Kantanka Automobile Company Limited is a subsidiary of the Kantanka Group of Companies founded by Apostle Kwadwo Safo Kantanka, the founder and leader of Kristo Asafo Mission of Ghana. The company opened its first showroom last year at Achimota, in the Greater Accra Region.
The Kantanka cars showroom currently has 4 models on display even though the Ghanaian-owned automobile company has unveiled a number of vehicles in the past years. Read on as we get to know 5 more facts about Ghana’s first car maker, Safo Kantanka and his company.
1. The business was started some 33 years ago
The Kantanka family business started in 1986 with the repair and making of electrical devices from TVs and sound systems to musical instruments and sewing machines.
2. Most materials used to make the cars are locally acquired
The company utilizes a lot of local material in production in a bid to reduce import charges. “We need to be able to produce at a more affordable rate. There are high import charges in Ghana,” Kantanka Jr told CNN in an interview.
3. The cheapest model costs 20,000 dollars
This high production cost is due to high cost of production. But the company hopes to produce more affordable cars soon in the coming years so that everyone can own one.
4. Their dream is to build sports cars and buses in future
Safo Jr. is confident that Kantanka will grow as a company. “We have a plan to build sports cars, buses and really expand in Africa with more models,” says Safo Jr. “Once you are determined, and you want to do it, it’s not hard,” he added.
5. Apostle Kwadwo Safo Kantanka is a pastor and a trained welder
The founder of the company is the head pastor of a church named the Christ Reformed Church. Before becoming a pastor, Safo had trained as a welder.