Thursday, March 1 -7, 2007
GHANA: United at 50
By: B.K. BOSUMPRAH
‘GHANA; United at Fifty’ is the theme for the official Jubilee anniversary cloth recently outdoored by the Chairman of the National Planning Committee of the Ghana @ 50 celebrations.
In classic black and white reflecting our copious religious culture, the cloth is one of those designs that grows on you, particularly when you come to realize how clever and functional the patterns are in terms of design.
“It’s an easy design that lends itself to smart linkage in cutting for shirts, skirts, skirts and about any other style or shape you want”! exclaimed Kwabena Yartey, a young tailor upon seeing it. “It gives me so many ideas. I think it has character”.
Indeed, it is easy to see that the cloth has character.
After all, it was designed by our own Ace fashion designer, Kofi Ansah. He told Showbiz: “I made three different fabric designs – Hope, Peace and Harmony, and we had to choose one”. He said, “To have hope, we need peace; to have harmony, we need peace, so the peace design came out as the design of choice”!
Illustrated by Graphic Designer Obed Mac-Brown, the version shown in the display was printed by Tex Styles Ghana Ltd. (GTP).
Many elements were considered in the design of the fabric. However, only a few relevant ones made it into the final print which was structured in the line of the Kente configuration, owing to Kente being an indigenous fabric from the whole country, - Northern, Ewe and Ashanti.
“The search for symbols to represent the peace we were seeking was meticulous’ Kofi Ansah said.
“Finally, with the able contribution of some members of the National Planning Committee, notably Ms. Elizabeth Ohene, Hon. Hackman Owusu-Agyeman and his Deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Dapaaah, we agreed on the Adinkra symbols ‘Bi Nka Bi’, connoting togetherness and coexistence, and ‘Denkyemfontomfrono’ – the two crocodiles with one stomach design, signifying that as one people we do not need to fight, and that represents selfessness. Also included creatively is the national Flag, which had a critical input by Hon. Kwamena Bartels”.
“They say two eyes (heads) are better then one, and indeed the valuable contribution of the committee helped to arrive at a good formula which is the result of what we see today, and I hope it will satisfy all Ghanaians both internally and in the Diaspora”, said Kofi Ansah.
Incidentally, 50 years ago, the 1957 independence fabric, which had Prime Minister Nkrumah’s portrait in a bed of flowers inside the map of Ghana, was designed by the late Mr. R. B. Abban, who was the Creative Director for TTL (the defunct GTMC) who also happened to Kofi’s brother in-law. He was married to his sister, Mrs. Felicia Abban, Ghana’s first professional woman photographer.
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