Kwamina Tandoh, GNA
Accra, Sept. 21, GNA – Professor Kofi Asare
Opoku, past Chair of the Kwabena Nketia Centre for Africana Studies at AUCC,
has called on the youth to preserve the country’s cultural heritage and to
avoid negative foreign cultural practices.
He urged the youth to resist all forms of
“cultural adulteration” and to be proud Africans to shape the world and fulfil
Prof Opoku made the call in an interview with
the Ghana News Agency at a cocktail reception at the African University College
of Communications (AUCC) in Accra dubbed: “Kwame Nkrumah @ 107,” to celebrate
the first President’s birthday and his achievement for mother Ghana.
September 21 (Founder’s Day), has been set
aside by government as a statutory public holiday to observe the birth of
Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
This is in recognition of his foresight and
fortitude, which led top Ghana’s attainment of independence from British
colonial rule in 1957.
He said the influx of foreign culture had
affected the progress of the nation to which people lack confidence in
themselves to achieve greater heights to contribute to development of the
“Nkrumah achieved a lot in his life because he
believed in himself and stood firmly as an African, which is where his
confident came from and we are eroding that confident which belongs to us
naturally by merely imitating others.
“We were not brought here to be followers of
other cultures or to be imitators of others, we were brought here to be
ourselves, we have a lot to stand on and the world is looking down on us
because we have abandoned our own culture and are trying to copy others,’’ he
He decried instances where majority of Ghanaian
parents shun their own community by giving their children foreign names instead
of Ghanaian names.
Prof Opoku said Ghanaians, especially
government, should dig into the visions and plans which the Founder had for the
country and work towards improving the country.
He called for educational activities such as
quizzes, plays, competition, poems to honour the great leader Nkrumah to serve
as inspiration to the younger generation.
In attendance were Prof Francis Nkrumah,
former Director of Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research and son of
the late Dr Nkrumah, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, Omanhene of Essikado, Prof Kojo
Yankah, Founder and President, AUCC and Nana Odoru Kwarteng, Chief Director,
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts.
Others were David Dontoh, Veteran Actor, Mr
Kenneth Ashigbey, Managing Director, Daily Graphic, Nana Adwoa Awindor,
Development Queen mother of Afigya-Kwabre District, Mr Alhassan Andani,
Managing Director, Stanbic Bank, the diplomatic community and Government functionaries.