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General News of Monday, 27 August 2018


Ghana promotes unique history, culture on World Folklore Day

The rich history of Ghana and beautiful display of culture by various countries was brought to the fore at the recently held World Folklore Day; Global Village Edition at the National Theatre on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

The climax of the three-day event saw Ghanaians showcase creative art pieces in various forms to promote Ghanaian folklore.

Exhibitors including the Kente Masters, Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, Treasuremarks, Dandelion foods, Parables GJ and Made in Ghana brought to life tradition with a modern twist with their artifacts and products displayed at the event.

Speaking at the event, UNESCO Representative to Ghana, Mr. Tirso Dos Santos lauded the initiative by the Ghana Folklore Board. According to him, the event will go a long way to expose Ghana to the rest of the world, as well as boost the creation of employment in the country.

“I was happy to note several products that are made by young people, the youth, several products that draw on nature and therefore don’t only protect natural medicines but also promote employment of the youth. Folklore reflects our lives, we therefore want to promote this festival every year as a means of promoting various cultures represented because it is only when we understand ourselves that we will be able to resolve our problems,” he stated.

Beyond promoting Ghanaian folklore, the program highlighted the culture of other countries across the world. Ivory Coast, Spain, Germany, Japan, and Mexico were all there to represent their country as well as display food and unique products from their countries.

Acting Director of the National Folklore Board, Nana Adjoa Adobea Asante on her part, stressed the significance of upholding Ghanaian folklore particularly with the evolution of the world and diversity.

“As Ghana enters a new era, it is critically germane for us to form strategic partnerships for political and apolitical actors in the promotion and protection of our folklore. It is in this light that the National Folklore Board has partnered with UNESCO, Greenway International to bring about this wonderful program in addition to ISEC”.