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04.02.2009 Feature Article

Mercy's reflection of how Ghana could emulate Tunisia.

Mercy's reflection of how Ghana could emulate Tunisia.

Ghana like Tunisia has various cultures and this is the driving force in our nation. Ghana's strong grounding is in our cultural heritage, and if we do not preserve this culture we would be like the rest of some countries who have no real roots to boost of.

For example, our colourful Kente cloth and its complex patterns, woodcarving, ceramics, and metallurgy. Of these crafts pottery making is mainly a female activity. The Ewé have well over 600 deities to turn to in times of need. Many village celebrations and ceremonies take place in honour of one or more deities. Their Kente weaving is also different in that they weave kente cloth, and their more geometrical patterns contain symbolic designs handed down through the ages.

Ghana is a country that really celebrates festivals every month. There are also several rites and rituals that are performed throughout the year in various parts of the country. They cover the right of passage child-birth, puberty, marriage and death. These experiences are unique in African countries and these celebrations provide all that is satisfying to their communities and families.

Festivals are very thrilling and the adrenalin that flows among the people, the durbars of chiefs, when tribal leaders and Queen Mothers process in decorated palanquins, shaded by the traditional umbrellas, and supported by drummers and warriors discharging ancient muskets. All these not only unite communities but also display show the power of who is in authority of enabling and controlling activities within a given community.

The Panafest
a new festival currently held very summer. It is celebrates Ghanaian roots and therefore attended globally by those whose roots are from Ghana

Thanksgiving or Homowo festival
the word "Homowo" translated as 'making fun of hunger.' This is a traditional oral history describes a time long ago when the rains stopped and the sea closed its gates. A deadly famine spread throughout the southern Accra Plains, the home of the Ga people. When the harvest finally arrived and food became plentiful, the people were so happy that they celebrated with a festival that ridiculed hunger.

These worth of culture is not marketed and promoted in all countries in our numerous embassies across the oceans.

The Ghanaian music
There is a variety of music in Ghana from the traditional music from the North, West, East and South and highlife, which is a bundle of all sort of music from plus gospel music. Various clans and tribes and districts all have their unique dancing traditions.

These are all regrettably under estimated by many of us and instead we drift aimlessly on the vast cultural oceans of the world.

It seems Tunisia and Egypt has worked there remarkably well to attract tourist with the tourist using of the rich nations not needing any visa to short trips. These countries are keeping their histories still s as fresh as possible. However culture is a valuable source of creating and regeneration wealth. As we travel and learn from other countries we should adopt and adapt as events around us change. It is about evolution and unbroken identity.

Ghana must now be aware of the enormous resources from the developed countries and their quest to learn about other cultures.

Perhaps Ghana Government now need to invest heavily into our own cultural sphere with an increase in Budgetary allocation for Cultural exhibitions, museums and institutions, cinemas, literature, theatre, and poetry.

Our cultural heritage needs to be our pride and joy and we must continue to improve in these areas across the oceans. Ghana must never take their eyes off the ball the vital importance of culture in the grand schemes of things. Let's embrace any change in the microenvironment and the macro-environment that is occurring and cement our relationships with the European Union and beyond

Mercy Adede Bolus
Mercy Adede Bolus, © 2009

This author has authored 172 publications on Modern Ghana. Author column: MercyAdedeBolus

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