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Government Appoints Sarkodie As Ambassador For “YoR” Initiative.

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The Ghanaian government ministry responsible for the development and promotion of tourism-related activities in the country, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture under the auspices of Mrs. Barbara Oteng Gyasi has designated Ghanaian rapper, and highlife artiste Michael Owusu Addo as the ambassador for the “Year Of Return” initiative.

The government’s ministry presented a citation to the musician, popularly christened Sarkodie for his achievement and humongous contribution to the music industry, and made this formal announcement during the Ghana Creative Industry Forum 2019, and hosted at the National Theatre, Ghana organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Creative Arts Council of Ghana.

Themed “Reviving Ghana’s Creative Arts Industry”, the event empanelled dignitaries such as the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng Gyasi, Deputy Minister of Education, Barbara Ayisi and Member of Parliament for Abetifi Constituency, Bryan Acheampong. The others are the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Tourism Authority, Akwasi Agyemang, President of Creative Arts Council, Mark Okraku Mante and the Board Chairman of the National Theatre, Nana Fredua Agyeman and notable media personalities.

Sarkodie’s, who has excellent communication, networking skills, and a strong presence on social media, main duty in this noble office will see him transform and promote tourism, arts and cuture, including the Year of Return which is believed to be the leading sector of the economy in Ghana. He will complete a variety of tasks ranging from proselytizing; supporting or actively encouraging the progress of the initiative.

Earlier, in his acceptance speech after winning the “Best International Flow” act category at the just ended Black Entertainment Tv (BET) Hip Pop Awards at the Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Center, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) “Artiste of the Decade”  urge the African diaspora to visit Ghana as part of the Year of Return celebrations and also help boost economy and change the bad narrative about the African continent.

The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a major landmark spiritual and birth-right journey inviting the Global African family, home and abroad, to mark 400 years of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia. The arrival of enslaved Africans marked a sordid and sad period, when our kith and kin were forcefully taken away from Africa into years of deprivation, humiliation and torture.

While August 2019 marks 400 years since enslaved Africans arrived in the United States, “The Year of Return, Ghana 2019” celebrates the cumulative resilience of all the victims of the Trans Atlantic slave Trade who were scattered and displaced through the world in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.

The Ghana Tourism Authority(GTA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture is leading the project in collaboration with the Office of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President the PANAFEST Foundation and The Adinkra Group of the USA.

One of the main goals of the Year of Return campaign is to position Ghana as a key travel destination for African Americans and the African Diaspora. In 2019, the events planned throughout the year will serve as a launch pad for a consistent boost in tourism for Ghana in the near and distant years. Beyond tourism, this initiative supports one of the President’s key developmental agendas in Ghana Beyond Aid. We know that tourism can be a leading indicator to business and investment.

It is focused on ensuring that tourists have a safe, pleasant and wonderful journey home so they will want to come back, get involved, see the opportunity that exists in Ghana for them to work together and begin to rebuild what has been stolen and lost over the past 400 years.

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THE DIASPORA & AFRICA: The Year of Return in Ghana, Be inspired.

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"I was lost but now, I'm found. Was blind but now i see. It was grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home". These are the sacred words of the Christian Hymn, Amazing grace. These words resonate with many Africans in the diaspora and African Americans who have made a conscious effort to rediscover their ancestral roots in Africa. 

The feeling is ecstatic. So much emotion, joy, sadness and beauty to rediscover a home your ancestors left many years ago. What a journey it has been.

For many African Americans, its about a different kind of peace rediscovered. A special kind of connection with the African continent that is a dream come true. Where skin colour is not a determining factor of who you are as a person.  Where young people can rediscover an identity, a culture, a serene way of life never known in the West.

The year of return definitely is a blessing in disguise for many Africans in the diaspora who have felt empty and lost in a Country they struggle to find an identity and recognition.

Africa has its challenges like all parts of the world. Africa is however a beautiful continent with so much to explore, discover and rediscover. IT gives everyone an opportunity to reassert yourself, your identity and create the world in which possibility abounds.

Visit the African continent and be inspired.

(Source: africanreality.over-blog.net)

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President Calls For Local Content In Media Programmes.

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called for the need to have local content in media programmes in Ghana as a matter of regulation, to preserve the rich Ghanaian culture.

The President said the future of tourism rested in the rich culture of the country and it was imperative for the media to promote that culture in a well packaged manner to attract investments for the growth of the economy.

In a speech read on his behalf at the opening of the 2019 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC), by the Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo-Marfo, the President said the Ghanaian culture was as relevant as ever, in national development and must be promoted at all cost.

He said “we cannot continue to be showing foreign telenovelas, cultures and programmes that teaches our children nothing on our national television, whiles our unique culture goes unnoticed”.

The President observed that there was so much potential in the Ghanaian culture with the unique feature of diversity, to educate our children to be responsible and create employment, livelihoods and the needed jobs for our youth.

In that direction, President Akufo-Addo indicated that NAFAC 2019 was premised on concrete achievements worth celebrating and not just an ordinary funfair, disclosing that with financial assistance from Japan, about 3,000 youth had benefited from pilot training programmes in culture and creative arts.

He noted that as contained in the 2016 NPP manifesto, government would progressively pursue the construction of Regional theatres mentioning the completion of some outstanding cultural infrastructure including those in the Eastern and Ashanti regions and plans were underway to complete the rest.

He explained that government was fashioning out ways to establish a Community Youth Cultural Centre and Craft Village at Kanda, Accra, through the private sector to provide suitable marketing avenues for art and craft producers and vendors.

He said government was also spearheading the Marine drive tourism and investments project to open up the doors of Ghana to international investment in tourism, culture and creative arts to create jobs, wealth and promote traditional craftsmanship.

Nana Kwebu Ewusi, Paramount Chief of Abeadzi Traditional area, in the Central Region and Vice President of the National House of Chiefs called for the improvement of culture education in schools, saying, “Science and Technology are only useful when embedded in the culture of the people”.

He said the Commission on National Culture was not well resourced to undertake the role and urged government to strengthen all relevant institutions mandated to preserve and develop Ghana’s culture to improve the economy.

Nana Ewusi, called on all to use the festival to strengthen the common bonding as a people even in diversity and appealed to politicians to eschew politics of insults, divisions and name calling ahead of the 2020 general elections.

Daasebre Professor Oti Boateng, Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional area, said Ghana was not economically independent and therefore must unite as people even in diversity to achieve the Ghana beyond Aid, which seeks to make Ghana a self-dependent economy.

The seven-day NAFAC underway in Koforidua is on the theme: “Empowering the Youth through Culture, Tourism and Creative Arts for Employment and Wealth creation”.

(Source: modernnews.com)

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Agora Announces Aboya As Winner Of Its World Photography Competition.

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“Songs of Freedom,” an arresting image of boys enjoying music by Michael Aboya, @eightman, a 24 year-old self-taught Ghanaian photographer, has been selected as “Best Photo of the Year” and awarded a grand prize of $25,000 during the official Agora Awards 2019 ceremony held in Barcelona on Wednesday.

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After nine months of competition and more than 130,000 submissions from photographers all over the world, the winning image was chosen from 50 finalists.

Unlike any other contest, the #AGORAawards2019, in its third year and open to professional and amateur photographers who canjoin for free, recognizes the single most-voted photo of the year, without any photography genre categories.

For the past nine months, photographers from around the world have submitted their pictures to compete for the title of “Best Photo of the Year” and the $25,000 prize. Now the 50 finalists from more than 130,000 submissions have been announced by the organizers, the Agora Awards #AGORAawards2019.

This is the third year of the contest that recognizes the “single most-voted photo of the year, without any photography genre categories,” including amateurs and professional photographers alike who can join for free.

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J.A.K. Foundation Launches Giant Uplugged Charity Concert, Set To Build An Arts Theatre.

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA - The John Agyekum Kufuor (J.A.K.) Foundation, an independent, non-partisan development oriented institution inspired by the founder’s vision, has officially instituted a musical concert dubbed, Giant Unplugged Charity Musical Concert in honor of the Ex-President, John Agyekum Kufuor and to raise funds for establishing an endowment fund to support the John A. Kufuor Foundation in completing its flagship leadership programs over infinite years, precisely the arts and theatrical projects.

The ultra- modern Kufuor center for Leadership and Governance, a facility under construction on the campus of University of Ghana Legon when completed would seat 500 people in its state-of-the-arts auditorium and other facilities such as conference halls, library, 15 offices plus a presidential suit, 5 seminars and mentoring halls, and recreational and restaurant facilities. This would be the center for all activities of the foundation. From the Kufuor scholars program to the annual lectures among others.

The launch which was hosted at the residence of the former president at Tetteh Quarshie, Accra will see the main event being stage on the 7th of December, 2019 at the Fantasy Dome, La, Accra. The concert is expected to raise funds to complete the project and also help produce leaders imbued with a strong sense of patriotism; leaders who are innovative, problem solvers, creative thinkers and knowledgeable in their respective fields of endeavour. It is a program known for its excellence in grooming transformational leaders of tomorrow.

The event was attended by notable and illustrious creative and art pratictioners, including actors and musicians, thus, Prince David Osei, Kalybos, Bisa Kdei, Captain Smart, Lucky Mensah, Coach Kwesi Appiah, Salma Mumin, Prince Yawson aka Waakye, Kaakyire Kwame Appiah, Bob Smith Jnr, Bismark the Joke, Fiifi Coleman, Harold Amenya, Legendary Kwame Ampadu etc.

The former president envisions an establishment of a peaceful, well governed and economically sustainable society in Ghana and Africa on the pillars of the foundation -leadership, governance and economic development. H.E the Chairman of the foundation believes that “Good leadership results in good governance which leads to good socio economic development” thus the foundations focus to develop good leadership characteristics among the youth of this country through it’s programs.

Last year, in raising 80 million Ghana Cedi’s, the foundation plans to allocate amounts for its projects as follows; 5 million dollars will be used to construct an ultra-modern center for leadership and governance, while the remaining 10 million dollars will be invested into an Endowment fund. The returns on the investment in this fund will be used in the running of various projects of the foundation. These projects include: The Kufuor Scholars Program (KSP), The Kufuor Young Entrepreneurs Network, Annual lecture Series on Governance and Development, The Kufuor Election Observers Groups, andThe Kufuor Prize for Best Community Leadership.

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