‘Our Rich Cultural Values Must Be Protected’
A Resource Officer at the Volta regional office of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Alhaji Sulemana Amadu has called on traditional authorities to protect the rich cultural practices and values that abound in the country to aid rapid socioeconomic development.
According to Alhaji Amadu, the protection of the country’s cultural heritage was undoubtedly the embodiment of the nation’s tourism which needed to be handled in a manner that would not give room for the infiltration of foreign cultures.
The Resource officer made the call at the second annual choral music festival held in Ho dubbed ‘Singing Aloud ‘.
The music competition was to create opportunity to bring people across the region to identify music as a unifying commodity that unites people for the needed development.
Alhaji Amadu charged citizens of the region not to toy with the country’s cultural values, particularly music, which not only unite the people but also identify them with their traditional lineage.
He noted that no nation or community could develop effectively if it did not hold in high esteem the cultural values and practices of the people and, therefore, asked the various metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to support the Ghana Tourism Authority in its efforts at bringing to the limelight the importance of choral music to attract tourists.
The Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Mr. Francis Ganyaglo observed that music competitions helped in bringing people together from various ethnic backgrounds.
Mr. Ganyaglo hoped the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts would help develop an annual cultural festival to a level that would generate interest in the Ghanaian populace particularly the youth.
The Deputy Regional Minister announced that plans were far advanced by government to facilitate the development of cultural villages and enclaves across the country as an appendage to tourism, which he noted was fast gaining economic relevance.
Mr. Ganyaglo commended the Volta regional branch of the Ghana Tourism Authority, the organizers of the second annual Volta choral music festival and urged Ghanaians to join hands with government to achieve its development targets aimed at promoting rapid development of the people.
A Senior Lecturer at the EP University College and Head of the Department of Agricultural Business, Mr. Godwin Senyo Dzoagbe explained that music acts like a force that readily lifts people from low to high esteem and called on all to embrace the choral music festival instituted to promote development.
A queen mother from Abutia traditional area, Mama Ayipe Ama III said singing competitions helped in reducing tension and conflict in society.
The Melodious Voice of Ho emerged the winner, Mafi-Kumase singing group came second whilst St. Cecilia Choir of Ho-Dome and Agortime-Kpetoe Singing groups taking the third and fourth position respectively.
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