Book on cultural values launched

By Kwamina Tandoh, GNA

Accra, Aug.30, GNA
– Nana Kwarteng Amanfo – Nyansa Kyeame, a Broadcast Journalist, has urged
Ghanaians particularly, the youth, to uphold the rich cultural values and
practices, which engender respect for old age, honesty and hardwork to ensure
rapid socio-economic development.

The Host of (Abibifo
Abako sem) on Light Tv noted that Ghanaians were gradually losing touch with
their roots and the sense of belongingness, values and practices in favour of
foreign ones, which were unfavorable to the development of Ghana.

Nyansa Kyeame made
this call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) during the launch of
a 162-paged book on Ghanaian Culture, titled: “M’AMAMMERE”, in Accra over the
weekend.

The book, authored
by Nyansa Kyeame to enhance local literature, covers clans, marriage, language,
names, among others.

Nyansa Kyeame noted
that most of religions were culture-based, and they developed around the same
concept, therefore, people must reject the impression that culture was
associated with deities.

“We should be proud
of our culture, lets uphold it,” he added.

Nana Kofi Ehuren,
the Chief of Gomoa-Amanfrom, also reiterated the need to use local languages to
teach in schools, particularly at the basic level, saying, “This is an ideal
way of ensuring effective transfer of knowledge”.

The chief, who
lauded the efforts of the author to use culture as a way of promoting
development, therefore, urged chiefs to use their platforms to sensitise
people, especially parents, on the need to use the local languages as means of
communicating.

Nana Kofi Ehuren
said using only the English Language to teach in schools would amount to a
disservice to students, their parents and Ghana at large; and cited that China
and some European countries were practising otherwise.

He told the GNA
that the neglect of our traditional heritage and culture as Africans could be
attributed to the challenges the continent encountered, explaining that, “We
have lost our identity”.

“All stakeholders,
including the Government, should adopt a Language Policy to identify the roles
of Ghanaian languages,” he said.

As part of the
ceremony, the Obradwenesem CD was also launched.

GNA

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