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The National Commission on Culture was established in 1990 by Provisional National Defense Council Law 238 to manage from a holistic perspective, the Cultural life of the country. In the execution of the aforementioned, the National Commission on Culture is enjoined, among other things, to promote the evolution of an integrated National Culture, supervise the implementation of programmes for the preservation, promotion and representation of Ghana tradition and values; and perform such other functions as may be prescribed by government.

 
 
The Cultural Policy Document

This Cultural Policy Document is the result of many years of deliberation and discussion at several workshops and public forums.

It is dedicated to the realization of the Vision of the people of Ghana to respect, preserve, harness and use their cultural heritage and resources to develop a united, vibrant and prosperous national community with a distinctive African identity and personality and a collective confidence and pride of place among the comity of Nations.
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NAFAC 2014 PROGRAMME
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PROPOSAL FOR INCLUSION OF CULTURE IN THE DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE LONG TERM NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR GHANA
I read the Long Term National Development Plan Vol I: Draft Policy Framework document with considerable interest; and I am convinced that this time round the approach of our development plan treats seriously the idea that CULTURE is a socio-economic CAPITAL of indigenous wealth, competencies and capacities.  A clear attempt has been made to bring the so-called informal sector into the frame of our national development strategy.

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THE SECOND ZONAL WORKSHOP ON CULTURE AND THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
The attainment of the 8 Millennium Development Goals largely depend on human attitudes, perceptions, beliefs, norms, practices and other behavioural patterns that have been cultivated over so many years. Therefore, given the human focus of the goals, one of the logical steps towards the attainment of the goals is to sensitise community leaders, civil society and other cultural actors about the demands of the MDGs within the context of their culture and historical experiences. It also requires generating meaningful discourse to the challenges posed by the MDGs to responsible leaders and social groups with the hope of defining the strategic approaches and modes of action that would facilitate the attainment of the goals.

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CULTURE AND NEPAD
UNESCO recognises Culture as crucial to development and good governance in countries around the world. More importantly, it is now recognised that Culture can facilitate the realization of the Millennium Development Goals in African countries.

This makes it urgent to develop within the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) framework a strategy not only for defining culture as a strategic domain but also incorporating culture into all other sectoral domains defined in the NEPAD framework.

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European Development Fund Supports Arts and Culture

The European Development Fund (EDF) has allocated 24 million Cedis to the Government through the Cultural Initiatives Programme (CISP) Project for the development of arts and culture in the country.

 
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Do Not Neglect Culture
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RESOURCING OUR ARTS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS TO ENHANCE NATIONAL UNITY AND DEVELOPMENT
BY: NELSON KOFI AKATEY,

Once again the critical issue of re-sourcing adequately our Arts and Cultural Institutions in the country to enhance their performance and contribute more effectively to the promotion of national unity and development has come to the fore.

 
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Culture, Gender and Human Rights
One of the important events that featured prominently in the week long celebration of the National Festival of Arts and Culture in Wa recently was a colloquium on Culture, Gender and Human Rights.
 
 
 
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PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON CULTURE WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM KONRAD ADENAUER STIFTUNG
The National Commission on Culture has made remarkable strides in the development of the Cultural Policy of Ghana, Draft Strategic Plan and staging of workshops to create awareness on how to factor Culture into the various domains of action for overall national development within the scope of the 1992 Republican Constitution of Ghana with sponsorship from Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

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    Current Higlights & Publications  
           
Adinkra SymbolsThe People & Culture of Bui Gorge Area
Ghanaian Culture, National Identity and DevelopmentAFRICA 2007: A Celebration of Culture and Identity
Centre For National Culture - Eastern RegionGHANA and UNESCO Relations
NAFAC 2014 PROGRAMMEThe Creation of the Volta Region
The Sights, Sounds at Ankasa Game Park – A Tourist HavenThe Dance Company Of Ghana (Ghana Dance Ensemble)
NCC BOARD MEMBERS CURRENT LISTIndependence Day – 54 reasons to mourn
In Celebration of Black History Month: Less – known participating nations in the trans-Atlantic Slave TradeThe Cultural Initiatives Support Programme CISP Newsletter
Language, culture and God’s voiceA NAFAC evening of music, dance and theatre
THE STORY OF AJUMAKOMAKING CHIEFTAINCY INSTITUTION TRANSPARENT
THE STORY OF KOMENDAChiefs urged to educate Youth on cultural values
HONOURING KWAME NKRUMAH FOR ACHIEVEMENTSPromote books of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah
THE STORY OF AHAFOTHE STORY OF LIKPE
THE STORY OF KRACHITHE STORY OF SEIKWA
THE STORY OF BEGOROCOCOA MONUMENT IN KUMASI
A Look Back Into HistoryTHE STORY OF SUHUM
Economic potentials of Northern Ghana @ 50Iron smelting in Ghana – a great historical contribution from the North
Lake Bosumtwi - A Destination For Eco – TourismChampioning Africa’s renaissance
Time to Promote African BrandGhana @ 50 – The Cultural Dimensions
NAFAC: Celebrating One Week of National Unity and Cultural ExpositionAdinkra at Ntonso
Teaching and Learning of Ghanaian Languages - The Time To Start Is Now 
           
   
 
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18/11/2014
MAXIMIZE USAGE OF LOCALLY GROWN FOODS IN DISHES PREPARATION – DEPUTY MINISTER
The Deputy Minister for Tourism and Creative Arts Hon. Dzifa Gomashie Abla, has challenged institutions such as hotels and Catering and tourism centres operating in Ghana to maximize the usage of locally grown foods when preparing their dishes....more
 
07/11/2014
GHANA PARTICIPATES IN 2014 WORLD TRAVEL MARKET
The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, says Ghana’s participation in this year’s World Travel Market (WTM) fair would help encourage global tour operators and travel agents to highlight Ghana on their tour circuits....more
 
24/10/2014
Baci crowned Ghana’s Most Beautiful season VIII
After weeks and months of various activities, a graduate of the University of Development Studies (UDS), Wa Campus, Bentie Abigail Baciara, has been crowned winner of TV3’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful VIII......more
 
20/10/2014
LET’S USE FESTIVALS TO PROMOTE TOURISM
The celebration of festivals has served the platform to display the rich culture of Ghanaians and for Miss Tourism Ghana 2014, Naa Teide Ofori, stakeholders in the tourism business in this country......more
 
07/10/2014
RENEW COMMITMENT TO PAN AFRICANISM – TOURISM MINISTER
The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts has called on Ghanaians and Africans to renew their commitment to Pan-Africanism and redirect their energies and synergies towards African renaissance....more
 
03/10/2014
CULTURE PLAYS SUBSTANTIAL ROLE IN DEVELOPMENT – VICE PRESIDENT
The Vice President, Mr. Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has urged the Chiefs and people of the Greater Accra Region to use festivals to promote development in the region....more
 
01/10/2014
Mfantsiman Girls SHS wins maiden edition of National SHS Drama Festival
Mfantsiman Girls Senior High School is the winner of the first National Drama Festival for senior high schools organized by the National Commission on Culture.......more
 
23/09/2014
National Commission on Culture organises First National Senior High School Drama Festival (NADRAFEST)
From Thursday, September 25, ten senior high schools representing the ten regions, will converge in Accra for the first National Drama Festival......more
 
16/09/2014
OSAGYEFO DR. KWAME NKRUMAH’S BIRTHPLACE CAN BECOME THE MECCA OF AFRICA – TOURISM MINISTER
The Western Regional Version of the 2014 National Festival of Arts and Culture has been held in Takoradi with a call on Ghanaians especially the institutions engaged in Heritage promotion and Preservation to design and market sites such as the Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s birthplace......more
 
10/09/2014
PRESIDENT DIRECTS ORGANIZATION OF HOMOFEST
President John Dramani Mahama has called for the organization of ‘Homofest’ (homogeneous festival) of the chiefs and people Ga-Adangbe to climax their annual Homowo festivities.......more
 
18/08/2014
The story of Adanse Edudiase
Tradition relates that Adedwan was the ancestral home of the founding fathers of Adanse Edubiase. Abedwam originally shared boundaries with Akrokeri, Bekwai and Dompoase. The ruling clan.......more
 
05/08/2014
THE STORY OF AKYEM ABUAKWA 1
TRADITIONALLY, Akyem Abuakwa was part of the Five Principal Akan States, the Akanman Piesie num, viz Adanse Akrokerri (Asakyiri), Akyem Abuakwa (Asona), Assin Fante Nyankomase (Asene), Denkyira (Agona) and Asante (Oyoko). The ancestors......more
 
25/07/2014
THE STORY OF AWUMA GRUNSHIE
The tribe commonly known as Awuna Grunshi or Awuna in the Upper East Region appears to be the only branch of Kasena with the prefix “A-wu-na” meaning “I say”...more
 
07/07/2014
THE STORY OF TEKYIMAN-NSUTA
THE founder of Tekyiman-Nsuta was Nana Kwame Yeboah, who was born in 1889. His mother, Madam Akosua Yeboah, hailed from Tekyiman, and his father, a herbalist, from Krobo. (“Kro” means town, “bo” means chest). Therefore Krobo means the town of the bold people.......more
 
30/06/2014
BONO MANSO
Linguistically, the word Bono is identified with only the group of people living in the Brong Region who speak the Bono dialect. Tradition has it that the origin of the word came from Bono an expression which means something that is first of its kind......more
 
25/06/2014
THE STORY OF KOMENDA-DOMPOASE
Komenda-Dompoase is one of the towns in Komenda State in the Central Region, with Akatakyi as the capital. The founding fathers of Dompoase were among the Fante migrants who deserted......more
 
20/06/2014
THE STORY OF ADANSI-AKROFUOM
Tradition says that originally, the ancestors of Adansi Akrofuom lived at Kokobiante near the Seben River in Adansi. Their Queenmother was Nana Aso, a beautiful woman whose family members were always greeted with “Aso Nana” (i.e Aso’s grand-children) and from this response Asona originated......more
 
13/06/2014
THE STORY OF GOMOA ASSANBA-AJUMAKO
Gomoa Asanba-Ajumako is an integral part of Gomoa state in the Central Region, but it is a separate traditional area from her counterpart Gomoa Assin. Both have a common ancestry, and they constitute one Gomoa...more
 
03/06/2014
THE STORY OF ADANSI-AHINSAN
The ancestors of Adansi Ahinsan first settled at Domisaso under the distinguished leadership of a Queen, Nana Asienowaa Nyame, of the Beretuo clan, a moiety of Tena. The first male chief was Nana Osafo Kantanka who lived with his people at Kukuboase, about five kilometres north of Fomena...more
 
26/05/2014
THE STORY OF ADANSI-DOMPOASE
The ancestors of the ruling Asene clan of Adansi-Dompoase originated from Adansemanso during the reign of Awurade Basa who ruled the whole Adanse state with the mystical Afuna Kwao, the insignia of authority...more
 
15/05/2014
THE STORY OF BADU [2]
AFTER the death of Agyeman Badu I, the stool was given to one Kwaku Walago (alias Kwaku Awuah (c.1750-1754). After his enstoolment he was taken to see Bantamahene Awuah who changed his flame to Awuah before being introduced to the Asante King who remarked “Awuah besoe”— meaning “Awuah came to be guest” to the Bantamahene Awuah....more
 
07/05/2014
THE STORY OF BADU (1)
BADU Traditional Area, forms an integral part of the Tain Constituency, in the Brong Ahafo Region. The people share many things in common with Seikwa, Nsoko and Nkorankwagya because of compactness and closeness of the area where they occupy....more
 
02/05/2014
THE STORY OF HAVE
HAVE is situated at the Kpando—Hohoe junction under the range of mountains running from Akwamu through Peki, an area known as Eveto or Eve Hills, in the Volta Region. The range of mountains is all forest except the savanna plains below....more
 
15/04/2014
GHANA HOSTS 1ST POETRY FESTIVAL
Ghana Poetry Festival is a day poetry festival to be held on 25th, April, 2014 at The Center for National Culture, Accra. It will feature book readings, book sales, panel discussions, performance poetry among others...more
 
11/04/2014
THE STORY OF ADUKROM-AKUAPEM
ADUKROM is the principal town of the Okere Division in the Akwapem North District, Eastern Region. The town is situated at the extreme north of the Bewase ridge. The inhabitants belong to the OKERE KPONKPO group, a Guan expression meaning “Great Okere”....more
 
04/04/2014
THE STORY OF DORMAA-AMASU
AMASU is the Ankobea Division of the Dormaa traditional area in the Brong Ahafo Region. The founding fathers of Amasu formed part of the Aduana group of people who emigrated from Akwamu at Nyanawase as a result of a stool succession dispute....more
 
24/03/2014
THE STORY OF JASIKAN
JASIKAN, THE ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL OF THE Buem District in the Volta Region, physically forms an integral part of the Togo Atakora system. Linguistically, the word Buem is identified with only Lefena speaking people at Jasikan...more
 
18/03/2014
THE STORY OF OTISO
EARLY History: Before the town of Otiso was flooded by the overflow of the Volta and Oti, following the Volta Dam at Akosombo, the town was one of the principalities of Apai traditional area in the Volta Region...more
 
10/03/2014
THE WESTERN REGION 2ND EDITION OF SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA AND POETRY FESTIVAL
The Centre for National Culture, Western Region held its 2nd edition of the Senior High School Drama and Poetry Festival on the theme “Discovering and Polishing the Art of Public Speaking” at its Regional Theatre, Fijai on the 25th and 26th February 2014....more
 
05/03/2014
KUNDUM AXIM FESTIVAL
What do you know about Kundum festival?...more
 
03/03/2014
Gomoa: The real story behind the fascinating names
Have you ever wondered why the people of Gomoa in the Central Region have a duplicate of some major towns, villages and cities within and outside the country? Could it be a copycat attitude or, perhaps, they have peculiar reasons for such interesting names such as Gomoa Kumasi?...more
 
21/02/2014
KENTE PRICELESS HERITAGE
KENTE IN GHANA...more
 
21/02/2014
CULTURE CONTRIBUTES 1.53% TO GHANA'S GDP
THE PERCENTAGE OF CULTURES CONTRIBUTION TO GHANA'S GDP (GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT)...more
 
21/02/2014
THE STORY OF OSU (I)
Early History of Osu: Traditions relate that the pioneer settlers at Osu, in the Greater Accra Region, originated from Osudoku; other fragmented groups possess residual traditional of their own;...more
 
21/02/2014
NAFAC 2012: The way forward
FOR the stakeholders in the Arts and Culture Industry, it was all joy and delight at the National Theatre on Wednesday, 22nd August, 2012 when preparations towards the celebration of the 2012 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC 2012) took yet another significant step. Yes, it was a colourful ceremony to officially perform the media launch of the festival....more
 
21/02/2014
THE STORY OF ADAKLU
Know the origins of Towns...more
 
01/02/2014
THE STORY OF WUSUTA
The cruelties of their King Agokoli at Notsie forced them to escape from there unnoticed....more
 
04/01/2014
THE STORY OF NKONYA WURUPONG
Nkonya is made up of two independent Traditional set-ups namely, Ahenkro and Wurupong....more
 
30/12/2013
TOTEMS
In other words, there was rational interest in preserving the species. One can also say that communities, families, clans chiefs and kings realized the need to protect certain animal and other endangered species of trees thus using such objects as their totems with the application of superstitious beliefs....more
 
14/12/2013
THE STORY OF TEMA
THE HISTORY OF TEMA...more
 
30/11/2013
THE STORY OF KWAWU BUKURUWA (I) KNOW THE ORIGINS OF TOWNS KWAME AMPENE (FOUNDER OF THE GUAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY)
THE HISTORY OF KWAWU BUKURUWA...more
 
27/11/2013
KOFI AWOONOR
The resilient humanist fixtures of our traditional social and political institutions must provide the bases for a meaningful construction of our future....more
 
02/11/2013
KENTE GHANAS PRICELESS HERITAGE
VISIBLE SYMBOL OF GHANAIAN CULTURE...more
 
02/11/2013
THE STORY OF OSU (2)
CONTINUATION OF THE ORIGIN OF OSU...more
 
02/11/2013
THE STORY OF OSU (II)
Notei Doku brought the people safely to the present site of Osu. They met some few aboriginal worshippers of the Klote Lagoon who rather deserted bag and baggage and handed over the worship of Klote to the newcomers...more
 
19/10/2013
THE STORY OF OSU (1)
THE EARLY HISTORY OF OSU...more
 
28/09/2013
THE STORY OF NANKANA
THE HISTORY OF THE ORIGIN OF THE PEOPLE OF NANKANA...more
 
21/09/2013
THE STORY OF ADAKLU
The origin of Adaklu...more
 
07/09/2013
THE STORY OF ASSIN FOSU
The origin of Assin Fosu...more
 
07/09/2013
THE STORY OF SISSALA
HOW SISSALA ORIGINATED...more
 
03/09/2013
SONG OF THE PHAROAH
THE THREE RESIDENT GROUPS OF THE NATIONAL THEATRE NOYAM AND THE SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS...more
 
24/08/2013
CULTURAL FUND CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS
THE Ghana Denmark Cultural Fund (GDCF) has once again made a call for applications from artistes and related arts organizations for support of projects throughout the country....more
 
25/06/2013
ELIMINATING OBSOLETE CULTURAL PRACTICES – THE KPALIME INITIATIVE [1 – 2]
CULTURE, since time immemorial, has been part of the Ghanaian’s social, economic or political way of life....more
 
08/06/2013
THE STORY OF PANO
Later, the Pano ancestors founded their own settlement in the neighbourhood locked in the Atewa Hills, which is the present Pano. The land everywhere was rich in gold and they could easily extract sufficient quantities by digging in the ground and by dregging in the streams....more
 
01/06/2013
THE STORY OF ASANTE AGONA
ASANTE Agona is a town 42 kilometres on Kumasi-Mampong road....more
 
10/05/2013
LET’S DEVELOP BRONG-AHAFO TOURISM SITES
Available records say the region produces about 30 percent of the food requirement of the country....more
 
08/09/2012
Culture fund opens for projects
THE Ghana Denmark Cultural Fund (GDCF) has made a call for applications from artistes and related arts organizations for support of projects that have been originated in Ghana....more
 
03/04/2012
MESSAGE BY THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON CULTURE DURING THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD THEATRE DAY
On the occasion of the International theatre day, which falls on 27th March, 2012, the National Commission on Culture wishes to congratulate all theatre groups both public and private for sustaining theatre and for their commitment to cultural development over the period....more
 
16/03/2012
ELMINA CASTLE, A LIVING TESTIMONY TO SLAVERY
The Elmina Castle, Edina, Anomana or Amankwaa Kurom — it has been called many names, but one thing will never change — the malevolent history of this relic of the trans-Atlantic slave trade....more
 
22/02/2012
"AZONTO CRAZE"
“Azonto” is a Ghanaian dance which involves movement of most of the joints in the body in a rhythmic fashion taking very few steps. Just like most African dances, knee bending and hip movement are rudiments to dancing it....more
 
22/02/2012
ROLE OF THE QUEEN MOTHER IN ENSTOOLING OR DESTOOLING A CHIEF.
Chieftaincy- Chief- Definition of – Requisites for making a chief – Constitution, Article 277. Chief – Nomination – Fundamental requirement for making a chief – Role of queen mother – meaning of nomination – Nomination to precede all other processes for making chief – Ex post facto processes after nomination irrelevant for want of capacity to make nomination....more
 
28/07/2011
BEADS SHOW AT NGMAYEM FESTIVAL
If you love beads and don’t mind getting caught up in a week filled with an exhibition and trade show, seminars and work- shops for beads sellers and producers, fashion shows with assorted beads accessories, beads design competition and bead- making lessons, then the place to head for between October 22 and October 29 is the 2nd International Bead Festival at Odumase Krobo in the Eastern Region....more
 
19/07/2011
WHAT IS FOLKLORE
The world Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) under what it terms Model provisions suggests an illustrative enumeration of most typical kinds of expressions of Folklore....more
 
11/11/2010
‘LET’S UPLIFT OUR CULTURE’
Newly appointed Acting Director of the Center for National Culture, Greater Accra Region George Oppong...more
 
25/10/2007
Kwame Nkrumah misfounded Ghana
THIS essay has been prompted by an introspection of Ghana’s fortunes since independence and the celebration of the Jubilee this year. The writer seeks to answer the question why there appears to be “something missing” somewhere in the scheme of affairs in Ghana’s development....more
 
12/10/2007
DR SUSAN DE-GRAFT JOHNSON – FIRST GOLD COAST FEMALE DOCTOR
Dr (Mrs.) Susan de-Graft Johnson (Nee Ofori-Atta) was one of the three children Nana Sir Ofori-Atta I, the Okyenhene and Paramount Chief of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, had with Nana Akosua Duodu....more
 
 
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