National Folklore Board urges organisations to pay royalties

Robert Anane/Christabella Arko, GNA

Accra, Aug 23, GNA – The National
Folklore Board has urged organisations who use the country’s cultural symbols
as logos and other forms of decoration, to pay their due royalties to the

This is in accordance with a directive
on the use of such symbols in Ghana, which has been in existence since 2005.

Madam Nana Adjoa Adobea Asante, Acting
Director of the Board, said this on Friday in Accra, when she presented
certificates to a number of organisations, to reward their compliance with the

She said such funds were most needed to
the country, because they were basically used “in the promotion of our
local arts.”

Madam Asante said while the local arts
comprised an area that held great prospects for employment and wealth
generation, the potential of the sector was not adequately tapped.

She added that it was thus dignifying
for any organisation to contribute to such a noble cause, because such
contributions would in the long term promote the socio-economic growth and
stability of the country.

Madam Asante said currently,
organisations which had not heeded to the directive on payment of royalties to
the Board, were enjoying a grace period, adding that when the period of
leniency was over, failure to comply with the directive  could attract a three-year imprisonment or a [GH¢12,000.00]

She said the rich cultural heritage of
Ghana, could be put to productive use and ultimately promote national growth.

Madam Asante added that it was the aim
of the Board to promote the exploration of the country’s rich cultural
heritage, towards its overall development.

The companies honored with the
certificates were; the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel, the Ghana Stock Exchange and
MTN Ghana.

The National Folklore Board is a
statutory body with the primary aim of protecting and promoting the folklore of

Folklore in Ghana is defined as set of
traditional beliefs and customs of a community that may be preserved by an
ethnic group or a Ghanaian author.