Ghanaians Urged To Protect Nation’s Values

Professor Malcolm D.Mcleod (second from right) from Schoolhouse  Oxnam Jedburgh with Dr. Zagba N. Oyortey Nii Ayi, Principal Curator in- charge of conservation at the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) has urged Ghanaians to preserve and protect the nation’s aesthetic values in order to boost the tourist sector.

He cautioned that the rate of smuggling of artifacts out of the country could stifle tourism for and devalue the rich cultural heritage of the country.

Mr Ayi made the call at the exhibition of fragmentary ancestors figures from Komaland, an ancient community in northern Ghana.

“Smuggling of artifacts out of the country without permit is a threat to tourism as becoming largest foreign exchange earner,” he cautioned.

Mr. Ayi noted that the Board should be contacted before artifacts are sent out of the country so that it would sensitise and educate those on benefits to the nation.

He said plans were underway to engage the security agencies on how to monitor and track down those in the habit of smuggling artifacts.

Dr Zagba Narh Oyortey, Executive Director of GMMB, in his welcome address, urged the media to partner the board to educate the public on the need to preserve the country’s heritage and promote tourism in the country.

He appealed to Ghanaians to preserve things of artistic nature for the museum to help in protecting the country’s heritage.

Mr Samuel N. Nkumbaan a senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana in his presentation on “Archeology of   Komaland and establishment networks,” said Koma land named after the current people living in the region is in northern Ghana covered an area approximately 100km by 100km, located 690km from Accra.

He said an archaeologist, Professor James Ankwandah of the University of Ghana discovered an anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figurine for which Komaland is renowned through excavations in the mid 1980s.

Mr Nkumbaan said excavations had been sighted at Yikpabongo where a cluster of mound sites are located and the current research is assessing the meaning and role of the mounds and their content.

“Research has been able to discover artifacts such as milling stones, querns, metal objects, glass fragments, beads and those connections from the past such as ritual practices that were performed in relation to medicinal and burial practices still existed to date.”

Mr. Nkumbaan, said archaeology offered the potential to unlock some of the secrets of the past which were significant for the country. By Anita Nyarko & Nicholas Mensah

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