The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi on Wednesday outdoored cloth as part of the souvenirs for the Year of Return, Ghana 2019 celebrations which commemorate 400 years since the first enslaved African arrived in Jamestown Virginia, USA.
The Minister unveiled the cloth at the third edition of the Ghana Diaspora Celebration and Homecoming summit, 2019, which is part of activities earmarked for the celebration of the “Year of Return”, in Accra. She said the event was being held at a time when the country was in the spotlight for the right reasons for welcoming the global African community.
According to Mrs. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi , the ‘Year of Return’ which was proclaimed by the President, Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo last year commemorates 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in the USA and celebrates the resilience of the African spirit.
The Minister said the year-long activity, which is spearheaded by the Ghana Tourism Authority, is a concerted public-private effort with stakeholders like the Diaspora Affairs Office at the Presidency, the Manifest Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Adinkra group.
She revealed that, since its launch the ‘Year of Return’ had endorsed over 78 events for a yearlong celebration and commemoration, saying the Ghana Diaspora celebration and homecoming summit, one of the pillar activities of the year of return, comes at a time when the potential landscape of opportunities in the country is growing.
Mrs. Oteng Gyasi noted that, many Ghanaians in the diaspora continue to invest in the country through remittances, starting businesses and donations to the organisation, despite their long stay outside the country, revealing that, the key role the Ghanaian Diaspora play in job creation across the tourism value chain cannot be underestimated.
She said in this ‘Year of return’ the government is keen to closely engage the second and third Ghanaian generation, the bulk of whom have never visited Ghana to look at Ghana as their holiday destination and a country of new frontiers and opportunities. She however commended the Diaspora homecoming committee for spearheading the event which has become a flagship for engaging the Diaspora outside of Ghana.
The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, urged them to look at Ghana as an investment option and use the time as an opportunity to network, engage and form solid relationships that would help them contribute to the building of the country.
Miss World Organizer; Julia Morley Honored With Chieftaincy Title In Ghana, Commissions The Construction Of Orphanage Devlopment Centre.
Julia Morley, the chairman of Miss World has been honoured in Ghana with a chieftaincy title as a Queen Mother for Bosomtwi Traditional Area in the Western Region for her decades of service to vulnerable people all over the world.
During the commissioning of a ten acre land for the construction of a Miss Ghana Orphanage and Skills Development Centre, Maame Esi Akomaso Nkosuohema was conferred on her at a ceremony at Huni Valley on Friday.
The ten acre land gifted to Miss Ghana Orphanage and Skills Development Centre is kind courtesy of Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyase Minister for Tourims Arts and Culture who double as Member of Parliament of the area and the chief of the area, Bosomtwihene, Nana Kwabena Ansah IV, as it forms part of the chain of charity projects the Miss Ghana organisation has been embarking on to help underprivileged persons and children in the Ghanaian society.
The development centre aspect of the project will facilitate trainings in the following areas; carpentry, masonry, electricians, tiler’s, plumbers, catering, dress making, fine arts, bead-making and baking among others.
The event was witnessed by many personalities including Miss World 2018, Vanessa Ponce de Leon who travelled to Ghana with the Founder of Miss World’s Beauty with a Purpose Charity as part of Miss Ghana 2019 finale and Miss Ghana Foundation charity events. Also present were Inna Patty; CEO of Miss Ghana organisation; Exclusive Events Ghana, Miss Ghana 2018; Nana Ama Benson and host of others.
Miss Ghana remains the oldest prestigious pageant in Ghana. Its foundation which takes up charity projects to help society has also toppled all other forms of pageants in Ghana. Currently the stage is set for the crowning of Miss Ghana 2019. This will take place at an anticipated exciting event at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra on Saturday July 6.
However, Julia who will be turning 80 in October 2019 has been to Ghana a number of occasions to support the Miss Ghana Foundation. Her return this year is to among other charity events, help formally launch a ten acre land that was donated by Miss Ghana 2004, Inna Mariam Patty to help build a female hostel. Today, the only functioning child protection centre is located on that land at Don Bosco Child Protection Centre.
Julia Morley has pledged $10,000 to support Don Bosco and the money is from Beauty With a Purpose Charity. Also together with Miss World team, she visited children suffering Scoliosis at the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) Hospital in Accra on Friday.
For Julia every crowning of Miss World is the start of a new chapter, a chapter that signals the shift from beauty pageant to global humanitarian program- focusing on the most sick and disadvantaged people in the world With hundreds of millions of dollars raised for good causes and tens of thousands of unique humanitarian projects completed. This is the story that’s never told - the story that unites 130 young women in fulfilling their humanitarian projects of a lifetime led by Miss World CEO Julia Morley.
About 20 beautiful and intelligent finalists will be battling for the crown and who will represent Ghana at the next Miss World pageant as well as take up charity projects.
The First Lady of the Miss World organisation took over the reins as CEO in 2000, after the passing of her husband Eric Morley, who created the pageant. Since then, she’s flipped the format of the show on its head, also using the platform to empower young woman to support society in various ways. Now there is a talent show, sports competition and greatest of it all the Beauty With A Purpose contest.
Miss Ghana Foundation, the charity arm of the Miss Ghana pageant commissioned a land to start the construction of an orphanage and Skills Development Centre at Huni Valley in the Western Region of Ghana.
African Tournament And The Hair Rituals
One thing which is consistent in all African Cup of Nations tournaments is the crazy hairstyles. From the different colors to different cuts.
Another mystery is that, the players who do these type of hairstyles are the ones who mostly underperform in these tournaments and the criticsm they receive from the fans and people watching them in general, stems from the crazy haircut. Whether it gets to them or not is yet to be seen. Some say that the players focus on looking 'unique' than focus on their football talents.
They leave themselves to become the first point of contact if their teams have been piss poor and abysmal since their hairstyles make them easy to spot and blame. It is so because of the general African rule that first impressions count and whoever goes off the norm is well, 'abnormal'. Some look so terrible, the question asked is if they look at themselves in the mirrors to see what has been done to them. Some feel their hairstylists use them as experiments.
These players however get to make it a permanent brand and they get better with time. Some wait till they believe they have solidified their names in the books then go on to do whatever they call a hairstyle, a case of Rigobert Song. To every rule there is an exception and some of these players are as exceptional as their cuts. Taribo West one of the greatest defenders to come out of Africa had a 'beautiful' look always and was very patriotic. No one can forget the great Aristide Bance of Burkina Faso who is still plying his trade. He had one very erm amazing look the last time Burkina Faso appeared in African Cup. This is just to mention a few of the players who have been great with these styles.
This is one thing we all have come to appreciate and laugh over. The North Africans how over hardly do these kind of hairstyles. It is mostly seen with the West, East, Central and South Africa players.
This 2019 African Cup of Nations hasn't been short of the tradition and it has been very exciting. Catch the action and don't be left out.
Scilla Owusu Creates Workshop For All Creatives In Ghana.
Scilla Owusu, 22 year old British Ghanaian Director, producer & screenwriter introduces her new initiative to help give back to the creative industry in Ghana.
Entering the industry at the age of 18. Getting her foot into the industry wasn’t always the easiest. So she wants to resolve this problem for future young entrepreneurs.
She has formed this workshop Youngtrepreneurs which is a social impact workshop. The core goals are to provide youth led workshops in different creative sectors. Infusing professional expertise from Ghanaian experts to improve knowledge, gain job experience, and providing jobs in the medium to long term for young creative talents in Ghana. Especially to also support our priority of progressing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
The workshop will be launched in August 2019 based in Accra, Ghana.
For all aspiring creatives in all fields to get involved follow the social media pages now @scillaowusu , @theyoungtrepreneurs
About Scilla Owusu
Priscilla Akosua-Boatemaa Owusu known as Scilla Owusu is a 22 year British Ghanaian Director, Screen Writer , & Producer born in London , UK. Set on changing conversation through film & music videos with her Creative talents intricate eye of detail.
In 2015 , at the age of 18, Scilla Owusu was awarded best web series ensemble at the prestigious Screen Nation Media Awards for the digital online category. For her online series "A lesson Learnt " Since then, Scilla dived into film and music video industry working with a number of Africa's renowned artist . including the likes of stonebwoy, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, Davido, Afro B, Patoranking, Sarkodie, Fuse ODG, M.anifest, Maleek Berry And many more.
Scilla aims to make her stamp and help break way for more women of colour and young talents to exercise their skills in the industry at an early age.
By: David Bannor Ofosu
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The most intriguing aspect of the event was when Kojo Manuel had the crowd all jumping with splashes
of colour all round, staining the white shirt everyone had on but no one seemed to care as they jumped
in complete ecstasy and euphoria! This further cements Kojo Manuel as the best party MC so far!
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