“Life is not about praying and expecting instant success. But, rather, prayers accompanied with hard work and diligence. This, I can assure you, is the key to success.”
These were the words of the Chairman of the Kantanka Group of Companies, Apostle Ing. Dr Kwadwo Safo, on Monday, January 4, 2016, as the company celebrated 10 years since the relocation of the core of its business operations from the Greater Accra Region to the Central Region.
At a get-together held at Gomoa Mpota, the headquarters and site of its vehicle manufacturing plant, Dr Kwadwo Safo, who shared with the gathering, comprising staff and well-wishers, some of his experiences, stated that his “technological journey” began some 32 years ago.
“I started my work in 1984 at Lartebiokoshie, a suburb of Accra, with a few people. We later relocated to Darkuman when my son, Safo Jnr was 2 years old. When we started, there was no money and less food to eat. We had to struggle, even with how to design and build a circuit board”, he said.
He continued, “At the time, we did not know much about electronics. We had to learn from people, most of whom deceived us and squandered the little money that we had”.
According to him, his products were not called “Kantanka” from the beginning, but “Verec”, after “a very special person in my life.”
Whilst acknowledging that he, together with his workers, encountered a lot of obstacles and hardships, they persevered because of the great vision he had, which is to change Africa and make it a continent to reckon with.
Dr. Safo commended all members of his staff for their strong dedication and staunch belief in his vision, and encouraged them to continue working hard towards the ultimate realization of this vision.
To this end, he also advised the general public to adopt the virtue of patience in whatever they seek to do in life.
On demonstration at the event were the items first manufactured by the company. Some of these items were five string guitars; engine bocks; computer and television set monitors (made from wood); power extension boards; power stabilisers; the first circuit board designed by Dr. Kwadwo Safo; sound mixers; amongst others.
Kantanka Group of Companies has recently commissioned and launched the locally manufactured Kantanka vehicles. There is the Kantanka Onantefo (SUV 4×4 Drive), Kantanka Omama (4×4 Pickup) and the Kantanka K71 (Mini SUV). The vehicles are ready for sale to both the Ghanaian and African market.
COMPUTER MONITOR (MADE OF WOOD) PA SYSTEM AMPLIFIER
TV SET (MADE OF WOOD) ELECTRICAL POWER EXTENSION BOARD
ENGINE BLOCK 1 ENGINE BLOCK 2 (ENGRAVED DETAIL)
ENGINE BLOCK 2 SIDE SOME ITEMS ON DISPLAY