Monday, August 6, 2007
‘LET’S USE NAFAC TO PROMOTE CULTURE’
Story: ANNEBELLA SARFO MIREKU
THE Minister of State for Chieftaincy and Culture, Mr. Sampson Kwaku Boafo, has stated that the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC) should be used as a national platform where people could meet and exhibit their traditional and cultural potential.
He made the call when he inaugurated a 32-member Planning Committee of Jubilee 2007 NAFAC at the Centre for National Culture (CNC) in Kumasi.
Mr. Boafo noted that the founding fathers of the nation attached a high level of importance to the issue of culture, because to them, it was the best way to market the country’s cultural heritage to the rest of the world.
He said the Institute of African Studies, the School of Music and Dance, the Arts Council of Ghana, the Centre for National Culture and the College of Arts at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) were established to improve culture in Ghana.
The month of November has been declared as the Cultural Awareness Month.
The festival, he suggested, should be planned in such a way that the key sectors of the economy would be sensitized to showcase their achievements through exhibitions, he said.
“Efforts should be made to project the Ghanaian food, clothing and the knowledge to portray our rich cultural heritage”, he said.
He mentioned that the negative practice associated with puberty rites which permitted the exposure of the bodies of young adolescent girls could be re-defined, without necessarily doing completely away with the practice.
He said one aspect of culture which had been adulterated was funeral rites, which had been made very expensive in recent times.
The Offinsohene, Nana Wiafe Akenten 1V, is the chairman of the planning committee, with the Tepahene, Nana Adusei Atwenewa Ampem, and the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah as Co-Chairmen for the committee.
Mr. Owusu-Ansah gave the assurance that the committee would work to expectation, adding that they, however, need the support of all to carry out the task.
The Director of CNC, Ashanti Region, Mr. Samuel F. Adjei, appealed to Mr. Boafo to use his influence to get more funds for the early completion of the Apakesie Theatre project.
He said even though work on the project was ongoing, it still required some speed in order for it to be completed on time for the festival this month.
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