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01.06.2005 Diaspora News

High Commissioner stresses the importance of culture


Accra, June 1, GNA - Mr Isaac Osei, Ghana's High Commissioner to the UK, has stressed the need for present generation of Ghanaians to pass on the nation's values and cultural practices to future generations.

A statement issued by the Ghana High Commission in London quoted him as saying that one step towards the attainment of this goal would be for Ghanaians to make a conscious effort to write about their lives and times instead of leaving them in the hands of foreigners.

Speaking at the launch of a book entitled: "A Letter to My Dying Mother," written by Dr. Robert Peprah-Gyamfi, a Ghanaian medical practitioner based in Germany, Mr. Osei said the author "epitomises the new Ghana the nation wants to see" and praised him "for venturing into the writing crusade in other to share his life experiences with his counterparts and blacks in the Diaspora."

"We want to see professionals, teachers, politicians who are not cloistered in their own little corners but who have the discipline and commitment to put their thoughts to paper for the benefit of the wider public and succeeding generations," he said.

Mr Osei said discipline and commitment were attributes the country required for her on-going march towards realising the vision of a free united and prosperous country.

Dr. Peprah-Gyamfi said he was looking forward to publishing more books and appealed to the Ministry of Education to encourage indigenous Ghanaian writers by adapting some of their books for use in schools throughout the country.

The 282-page book compares and contrasts the traditional African society with the Western world.

It is based on a letter written by the author to his mother in her final battle with death, to give her an insight into what she would have seen and experienced if she had visited him while in Hannover, Germany.