A king on the coast: Ghanaian royalty visits Destin (PHOTOS)


King Safrotwe Kakradae IV's busy week in Destin included a harbor cruise.

Special to The Log
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 03:24 PM.

Destin played host to royalty last week when King Safrotwe Kakradae IV, ruler of the Aduana-Abrade clan in the eastern region of Ghana, spent seven days on the Emerald Coast.

The king celebrated his 40th birthday during the trip, but his time in Destin wasn’t all about pleasure. Kakradae, who holds bachelor and masters degrees in electrical engineering from the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, is attempting to build a large development in Ghana that will provide jobs and homes for his people, and he met with several potential investors while in town.

 “I try to create an environment convenient for the investor. As a result, with the investments (in Ghana), people get jobs to do,” Kakradae told The Log.

Kakradae’s visit was spurred by his chief of security, Gene Healey, a former Navy Seal who has a home in Navarre. Healy began talking with Alabama Charlie of Black Tie Motor Sport Magazine about building business connections between Ghana and the Emerald Coast. As their ideas progressed, it was only natural that Kakradae visit Destin.

Chauffered around town by Alabama Charlie, he got a wide-ranging look at the Emerald Coast while here. He ate meals at several local restaurants, including AJ’s, which Healey called a “security nightmare.” He also had dinner in the homes of a few local families. Naturally, he took a boat cruise into the Gulf and even took his first flight on a private jet. And that wasn’t his only first.

“It was the first time he’s had a (professional) photo shoot,” Alabama Charlie told The Log. “It was very interesting to watch.”

Kakradae said he has been to other areas of the United States, including New York and Atlanta, but nowhere like the Emerald Coast. It will be very difficult to describe Destin — a town where luxury and tourism are the main economic vehicles — to Ghanaian people, many of whom struggle to find work or even clean water.

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