Ashaiman Beads Festival Launched

Charles Cobbina, the Queen mother of Ashaiman and Joshua Asihene inspecting some beads and creative products at the launch

SOS CHILDREN’S Village-Ghana in collaboration with the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (ASHMA) and the Office of the Ashaiman Queen mother, last Wednesday launched the ‘Ashaiman International Beads and Creative Products Bazaar’. The beads fair, themed: ‘Bead Making As An Avenue For The Growth of Ashaiman’ was aimed at creating an avenue for income generation and also provide employment opportunities for people in the beads and creative industry.

Charles Cobbina, Business Development Advisor of the SOS Children’s Village, speaking at the inauguration explained that for the past couple of years, the Village and the Ashaiman FSP have created beads and creative products centre to train mothers, women, community leaders, children and young people.

According to him, the centre has been able to train many people in bead making, fashion designing, shoemaking, catering, wire sculpture and other businesses.

The training, he said, is to promote income and reduce unemployment rate in the municipality and the country in general, which is pertinent to his outfit in training youth in vocation.

‘It is against the above trainings that have necessitated the bazaar to leave permanent legacy that will go a long way to open an income generation market place for all persons who have undergone training,’ he added.

Mr Cobbinah noted that SOS Children Village-Ghana in consultation with the ASHMA and the Office of the Queen mother, ‘We have come into an agreement to lay the foundation to create a recognised beads bazaar of international standard, and to also position Ashaiman as a preferred destination for royal beads and creative products to break the monopoly of far-off markets.’

He believes that the fair would help to position Ashaiman as a centre of beads and a renowned market place for creative products.

On behalf of the Assembly, Mr Joshua Asihene, the Coordinating Director of ASHMA, called on the unemployed youth to go into entrepreneurship to economically empower themselves.

From Vincent Kubi, Ashaiman

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