V/R Museum to be rehabilitated with Euro 50,000 Germany support

Mr. Retzlaph(right) in a chat with Dr Apoh (left), Mr. Sowu (second left) and some members of the entourage at the museum.

Mr. Retzlaph(right) in a chat with Dr Apoh (left), Mr. Sowu (second left) and some members of the entourage at the museum.

GERMANY is studying a proposal to rehabilitate the Volta Regional Museum in Ho at a cost of 50,000 Euros.

The anticipated project includes conveying German relics from Adaklu and other German colonial sites to the museum which has not undergone any form of rehabilitation for more than four decades.

Pursuant to that, the German Ambassador, Mr. Christoph Retzlaph paid a familiarisation visit to the museum and German heritage structures at Ho Kpodzi yesterday.

During the tour, Mr Retzlaph said that “this is the beginning of a long cooperation between Germany and the Volta Region.”

The envoy stated that it was now time for Germany and Ghana to take a closer look at cultural cooperation which must go far beyond Accra to the communities in the regions.

Earlier, Dr Wazi Apoh, the head of the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies of the University of Ghana, Legon, who presented the proposal, said that the rationale behind the rehabilitation of the museum was principally to create a permanent exhibition space for the important archaeological findings and archival materials unearthed so far in the region.

He specifically mentioned the German missionary and colonial sites at Kpando, Kete-Krachi, Amedzofe, Nkonya-Wuropong, Ho-Galenkuito, Ho E.P. Kpodzi and Adaklu-Waya as areas which held ready evidence of German presence in the past.

Dr Apoh was full of praise for the MP of Adaklu, Mr Kwame Agbodza for his unflinching support for a project undertaken in the constituency by 18 undergraduates and graduates who conducted an archaeological and ethnographic study at Adaklu-Waya, one of the earliest sites where the North German Bremen Mission established its foundation after Peki and Keta.

Dr Apoh noted, the team’s findings revealed interesting material remains that would be analysed to throw light on the lifeways of the missionaries who were there between 1856 and 1914.

“Adaklu-Waya can be seen as the home of the foundation of the E.P. Church in Ghana today,” Dr Apoh added.

Among those who took part in the tour were the Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Mr. Maxwell Blagodzi, Chairman of the Ghana Museums and Monument Board, Mr Kwame Sowu and the Ho Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. John Nelson Akorli, among others.

From Alberto Mario Noretti, Ho


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