Photography exhibition opens in Accra to celebrate Ghanaian culture and heritage

By Irene Wirekoaa Osei, ISD || Contributor
General News Photography exhibition opens in Accra to celebrate Ghanaian culture and heritage

In a bid to promote Ghana tourism and culture, a five-day photographic exhibition has been opened in Accra at the forecourt of CLOGSAG National Secretariat.

The exhibition under the auspices of FYNNexhibits is dubbed: "Spirit Possession", with the theme: "Celebration of Ghanaian faces, African Culture and Heritage."

Speaking at the opening ceremony on Monday in Accra, the Executive Director of FYNNexhibits, Mr Thomas Fynn, called on government, organisations, as well as individuals to invest in photography to boost Ghana's tourism industry.

He added that most Ghanaians lack knowledge and awareness on the significance of photography, making it difficult for individuals to invest in it, especially when it comes to sponsorship of photographic exhibits.

He mentioned that photography enables the country to convey its rich culture and legacy to the rest of the world.

"You can't market your country without photography, photos speak louder than thousand words," he added.

Mr Fynn urged the youth to take up photography as a profession, persist and persevere in the face of challenges so that they could excel in it.

He also advised photographers to leverage digital technology in improving the quality and efficiency of their work and to use the backup mechanisms of digital technology to protect their works.

Speaking on behalf of Gbese Mantse, Dr Nii Ayi Bonte II, the Kokomlemle Mantse, Nii Ayikwei Kakalor I expressed hope that the exhibition would project the rich culture of Ghana to the larger international community.

On her part, the Senior Corporate Affairs Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Judith Kelly noted that photography serves as a medium for Ghanaians to tell their story by transcending language barriers, raising curiosity and captivating the imagination of viewers.

She stated that photographic exhibitions help in promoting dialogue, exchange and collaboration leading to partnerships to further strengthen the nation's tourism industry.

"This exhibition should not be seen as merely a display of artistic ingenuity, but as a powerful tool for promoting Ghana as a preferred destination. It is a way to tell the world how special our culture is and invite tourists to explore our shores and experience our hospitality," she added

The exhibition starting from Monday April 22 to Friday April 26, 2024, features themes from ancient historic monuments through ecotourism to ethno-cultural presentations.

They include rites of passage in Ghana, chieftaincy and traditional cultural festivals, traditional music and dance, cuisine, pristine beaches and landscapes, unique symbolism of political stability and unity, and socio-political history of Ghana.