Cultural Festival Marks UN 68th Anniv. Celebration



Rubby Sandhu-Rojon - UN Resident CoordinatorThe United Nations (UN) System in Ghana  last Friday held a cultural festival at Alliance Francaise in Accra to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the UN.

The programme was on the theme ‘Building community resilience through culture.’ In attendance were senior government officials, captains of industry, members of the diplomatic corps, and a cross section of the public.

Cultural troupes such as the Ghana Dance Ensemble, Manh Boya from Ampain Refugee Camp in the Western Region, Wazzi from Fetentaa Refugee Camp in Brong Ahafo Region and Cultural Workers, popularly known as the Goje Dance Group, rendered nice cultural renditions which held the audience spellbound throughout the programme.

A group,  which thrilled the audience most was   Manh Boya made up of refugees from Cote d’ Ivoire.
Their performance depicted factors which threw their country into war, their sojourn to Ghana and the challenges being faced at the Ampain Refugee Camp.

They thanked the government of Ghana for it support to them and other refugees in the country. Also, internationally acclaimed saxophonist, Steve Bedi, also entertained the audience.

Sensational high life artiste, Rebecca Acheampong, known in music circles as Becca who was to share her experience with vulnerable girls, almost broke down and cut her presentation short explaining that she was discriminated against during the Black Stars Zambia game in Kumasi.

According to her, though she was billed to sing the National Anthem before the match kicked off, she was prevented from doing so by the Master of Ceremony because she was a woman.

Some of the participants, who attended the programme because of Becca, were disappointed because the ace musician was unable to explain into details the manner of discrimination meted out to her before the Black Star encounter with the Zambians, nor performed any of her songs.

All the cultural groups jointly performed the late Michael Jackson song   ‘’We are the World,’’ song to close the programme.
The UN Resident Coordinator, Ruby Sandhu-Rojon in a remark, noted that culture was a potent tool to promote development.
She said culture could be a means to communicate development issues to the people at the grassroots.

The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Dzifa Gomashie in speech read on his behalf, commended the Manh Boya Group in particular for keeping to their culture despite their movement from their native country.  By Kingsley Asare.

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