Real estate developer builds voice-activated homes in Ghana

A real estate developer in Ghana has taken on the task of building a community of futuristic homes to help enhance the local neighbourhood.

According to, Golden Coast Developers Chief Executive Officer, Neil Oku has built a gated residential community in Cantonments, one of Ghana’s most sought-after neighbourhoods, aiming to cater to the needs of today’s generation.

Mr Oku said the ideal buyer he had in mind for the homes were business people who were well integrated into the community.

The idea was to have business people able to move around and interact with the many businesses within the enclave while having the freedom to enjoy themselves without travelling long distances.

All of the houses in the gated communities are smart homes, which means the house is automated and powered by voice activation.

Each two-storey property is selling for US$750,000 and boasts four bedrooms, with a penthouse on the top floor, all on 350sq m of land.

Mr Oku said the style of the properties was “afromodish”, which means taking a modern approach to African living.

He conceived the idea for the smart homes more than four years ago, with many critics suggesting it could not be done because of poor access to internet services among other issues.

“We built in fail-safes into the properties,” he said.

“If one carrier is down, another will pick up.

“We’re solving the problems that were barriers before.”

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Rowan Crosby

Rowan Crosby is a freelance journalist specialising in finance and real estate.