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Tourism Minister calls on Volta Chiefs to help stock Regional Museum

Dr. Ibrahim Muhammmed Awal, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, has appealed to Volta traditional rulers to help construct the narrative of the region by stocking the regional museum with rich historical artifacts.

He said the facility was an asset of the region and must therefore depict the historical patterns and the cultural significance of the host community.

The Minister was reopening the renovated Volta Regional Museum
which was closed down for renovations due to structural defects and the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic.
It was renovated with the support of the Ghana Gas company Limited, the German Embassy and internally generated Funds from the Ghana Museum and Monuments Board (GMMB).

Dr Awal reiterated the unwavering commitment of the government to stimulate Ghana’s tourism sector which could generate 5 billion dollars by the end of 2021.

He entreated students in the Volta Region to take advantage of the Museum facility and learn more about their history and culture.

He later tasked the management of the GMMB to as a matter of priority sensitize the general public on the relevance of museums in order to whip up public interest in Ghanaian museums.

This, he said, would engender maximum visitation to the forts and castles dotted across the country.

He thanked the German Embassy and the Ghana Gas company for their immense support in the renovation of the Museum.

The German Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Christoph Retzlaff said his country’s support for the renovation of the Museum was a testimony of the shared cultural heritage and values with the people of the Volta Region which dated back to the pre-war era when Germany its colonial master.

He commended the various partners for their support in realizing the completion of the Museum project.

Dr Archibald Letsa, Volta Regional Minister said the museum’s new look had been enhanced by artworks created by Voltarians, paintings of notable persons from the region including the late Former President Jerry John Rawlings, the first Miss Ghana, Monica Amekoafia, Ghana’s first female lawyer, Annie Ruth Baeta and some belongings of the late German Governor of the region in the late 1900s.

Mr. Abdouramane Diallo, Representative of UNESCO in Ghana, appealed to western countries bring back cultural artifacts taken out from Africa illegally to restore the dwindling African heritage.

He said that UNESCO was providing a platform that would facilitate an engagement to ensure that African artifacts illegally in possession of the western countries were brought back to Africa.

Acting Executive Director of GMMB, Mr. Ivor Agyeman Duah also lauded the quest of German Government for providing 250,000 Euros for the roofing and other auxiliary works of the Museum.

He said GMMB would continue to partner the German Government to undertake other viable projects that would help in the preservation of the Ghanaian culture, given that Ghana and Germany had a rich history during the colonial era.

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Asante group replies Bishop Dag; says Asantehene’s achievements are unmatched

Asantehene turns 71 today

A group known as the Asante Professionals Club, is incensed about some comments made against the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, by the founder and leader of the Lighthouse Chapel International, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills.

The group’s outrage about the “disparaging comments” stems from what they say was the Bishop’s “complete ignoramus utterances.”

In a viral audio, the renowned global evangelist in a sermon about kingship cited the Asantehene as an example and questioned his impact and legacy beyond the yearly celebrations of his reign.

Not only has the message offended the King’s subjects amidst social media anger, but there are also some persons who have threatened to attack Lighthouse Chapel branches in Kumasi, the seat of the Asantehene.

However, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills has apologized to the Asanehene explaining that the offensive sermon was preached 20 years ago.

He also thanked the King for handling the matter “graciously”.

But in a statement to set the records straight, the Asante Professionals Club maintained that since Otumfuo’s enthronement in April 1999, he has been an agent of peace and development in Asanteman and beyond.

Key amongst Otumfuo’s unmatched achievements the group says includes the following:

  • Establishment of the $45 million Bodukwan Multi-Fruit Processing Factory
  • Establishment of the $95 million Kumasi Mall
  • Establishment of $100 million Asanteman Development Fund
  • Otumfuo Education Fund providing scholarship to brilliant but needy students
  • Support to the Government of Ghana in engaging the Bretton Wood institutions and other investors
  • Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Foundation supports rural communities with educational infrastructure, computers and healthcare.
  • Securing $174million to support Ghana’s educational sector
  • Otumfuo undertook the Manhyia Palace COVID19 Humanitarian Relief valued at $1million
  • Conflict resolution under the 2002 Dagbon Chieftaincy Crisis
  • Institutionalization of the Kumasi Declaration in the 2012 Presidential & Parliamentary elections
  • Establishment of the Asanteman Broadcasting Cooperation (ABC)

That’s not all, the Asantehene is said to have provided educational assistance to hundreds of thousands of young Ghanaians to become the doctors, engineers, and other technical experts the country desperately needs.

“In particular, under Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, over 600,000 students have benefitted from full scholarships and financial support through the Otumfuo Education Fund.

Additionally, close to one (1) million desks and another one (1) million school materials have been distributed to students across the country.

According to the group, “What is interesting to note is that the beneficiaries of all of these social interventions are not limited to Asantes but drawn from all the ethnic groups across the country”, the statement read in parts.

In his apology statement however, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills Mills also acknowledged the achievements of the Asantehene over the years.


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Court fines ‘Agradaa’ for operating television channel without licence, displaying charlatanic materials

 An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced Patience Asiedua, aka, Nana Agradaa , to a fine of GHC 36,000 for operating television channel without license and displaying charlatanic materials.

Accra, June 16, GNA – An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced Patience Asiedua, aka, Nana Agradaa
, to a fine of GHC 36,000 for operating television channel without license and displaying charlatanic materials.

Agradaa, in default will serve three years imprisonment in hard labour on the charge of operating a television channel without licence.

On displaying charlatanic materials, for which she should pay a fine of GHC 10,000, she would serve a year in prison, should she default.

The sentences are, however, to run concurrently.

Agradaa was fined after she had changed her plea from not guilty to guilty.

The Court, presided over by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh, thus convicted Agradaa on her own plea.


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Ghana’s Culture, Tourism is a Panacea for Unemployment-Experts

 Panellists at a dialogue on cultural diversity and development have urged government to make deliberate efforts to harness the abundant potentials of Ghanaian culture and arts to create jobs for the citizens.

They said the richness in the cultural diversity of Ghanaians and the arts had enormous economic benefits, which when properly harnessed, could create more jobs for the teeming youth and reduce the unemployment rate.

Professor Ernest Kwasi Ampomah, a Lecturer at the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Education, Winneba, said Chapter Three of the Ghana’s Culture Policy (2004) recognised the importance of arts and cultural education in developing talents of skilled individuals.

However, he said, arts and culture were not compulsory subjects at the senior high school level, creating a limited opportunity for students and for that matter the youth in the field.

“There is huge potential in that space and I don’t think that our leaders are not aware of the potential that exists there. We have crafted various policies and things that support this but we don’t follow,” Prof Ampomah said.

“Our Cultural Policy for instance calls for the establishment of theatres in all districts across the country and for me if we are able to do just that, it will create a lot of employment.”

The dialogue, organised by the National Commission on Culture (NCC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), was to engender discussions on how best Ghana could tap into its cultural diversity and the arts industry, to create job opportunities for the youth and promote development.

It forms part of activities to commemorate UNESCO’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, which was marked on May 21, 2021.

Prof Kodzo Gavua, a Lecturer at the Department of Archeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana, said culture and arts must be embedded in the country’s development agenda to ensure they received equal attention like other sectors and enough revenue allocated to promote job creation.

“…You cannot separate America’s culture from America’s development, neither can you separate the Japanese or British culture from their development..’” he said.

”However, in our case, we talk about culture as if it is something separate. We must, therefore, understand what culture really is and the cultural context of development.”

He appealed to government to adequately resource cultural institutions in the country such as the National Commission on Culture to strengthen them to deliver on their mandates.

Mr George Nii Armah Quaye, the Chief Executive Officer of Image and Bureau, a communication firm, called for tax rebate for media organisations that showed commitment to advancing the cultural heritage of Ghanaians to serve as an incentive.

“When you look at jurisdictions that have developed the arts and made it very worthy and robust, the arts contribute to those economies. Gold and oil will get finished at some point but with the creative art resources, we can export forever and the interesting part is that the more you export the better it gets,” he said.

Dr Madinatu Bello, a Lecturer at the Department of Theatre Studies, University of Cape Coast, called for more leadership opportunities and empowerment for women in the arts and culture to contribute to thier development.

UNESCO has declared 2021 the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development.


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