A masterpiece of rich Ghanaian culture, arts and tradition was at its peak at this year’s National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC) held at Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
The bringing together of various ethnic groups to form a single entity called Ghana was manifest by rich cultural performances.
From kete to kpalongo, dipo, agbagza, and damba, regional dance groupings, one after the other, performed with extraordinary finesse, to depict the unique cultural identity of Ghana.
This year’s event was held on the theme “Empowering the youth through Culture, Tourism and creative Arts for employment and wealth creation”.
Region by region, cultural troupes were given time to perform to the admiration of the gathering, the performances which depict intercultural cohesiveness.
Opening the event, the Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo Marfo said underscored the need to properly nurture the youth to carry out the mantle of leadership based on sustained cultural orientation and progression.
He indicated that, the Ghanaian youth is currently embattled with the ferocious activities and products from foreign cultural poach, adding that they have been swayed off their feet by several alienated fanatics and behavioural changes streaming both the West and East.
For her part, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi stressed the need for the protection of the Ghanaian culture, saying the culture has brought the country together as one entity with a priceless heritage.
"A country without culture is not wholesome", she said, adding that the culture bestowed upon the country by God and the ancestors was premised on peace and stability.
She noted that peace brings development and that it was key for the youth to be empowered through culture, tourism and creative art for employment and wealth creation.
She said the Ghanaian culture foster national unity and would therefore continue to persist as a veritable asset which could accelerate poverty reduction because it has the propensity to create jobs and generate income.
Source: David Sackey/Joydaddymultimedia.com