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Jul 2007
1. The Joseph Project Launch - Akwaaba Anyemi31/07/2007
Come and be part of the Launch of the Joseph Project on Wednesday, 1st August 2007 at the Elmina Castle Park - Durbar Starts at 3 pm
2. Du Bois Centre hosts media Encounter28/07/2007
The W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan-African culture will host Professor Ronald Walter of the University of Maryland, and author of ‘pan-Africanism in the Diaspora’ at a media encounter on Thursday, August 2.
3. Globalising cultural festivals for progress28/07/2007
The attempt to move beyond the conventional and exploit cultural Values for progress is a task that must be done as part of poverty alleviation.
4. Joseph Project launched28/07/2007
The enactment of the slave trade in dance performance on Saturday by the Mixed Together Cultural Troupe from Anlo Afiadenyigba created a melancholy atmosphere at the launch of Panafest/Emancipation Day Joseph Project at Keta.
5. Kwaw Ansah: we saw it coming28/07/2007
IN last week’s Spectator, we caused a story to publish in which the Hon. Minister of chieftaincy and culture, Mr. S. K. Boafo, drew attention to an illegality to the effect that the law establishing the National Commission on Culture contained clauses that made references to the PNDC.
6. Rainbow Troupe to perform at Miss Ghana@50 UK28/07/2007
RAINBOW cultural Troupe, a dynamic traditional music and dance group will put up a show in London during the Miss Ghana @ 50 UK pageants on August 8.
7. What is in the chest of the first female Chief Justice?28/07/2007
IN 1985 – that is almost 22 years ago, an unknown amateur drama group by name DAASEBRE THEATRE COMPANY, from Koforidua, burst unto the scene with a masterpiece of a play antitled ‘IN THE CHEST OF A WOMAN’.
8. Ghanaians must project nation’s image27/07/2007
THE Minister of Manpower, Youth and Employment, Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface, has called on Ghanaians to place premium on handicraft works in order to project the image of the country’s culture.
9. Gbese Mantse Occupies palace27/07/2007
THE new Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayibonte 11, last Saturday officially took occupation of the Gbese palace at a colourful ceremony which was marked with drumming, dancing and general mercy-making.
10. No dispute over Ablekuma Stool27/07/2007
THE Nii Larbi Mensah Family and Emmanuel Baddoo, the acting head of family wish to state that it has not installed Nii Larbi Mensah IV aka Adjin Tetteh or Nii Larbi Mensah IV aka Francis Aryee Addoquaye as Mantsemei of Ablekuma.
11. Paga Chief pledges land for Africans in Diaspora27/07/2007
The Paramount Chief of Paga Traditional Area in the Kassena-Nankana District, Pe Charles Awampaga 11, on Tuesday pledged that he and his elders were prepared to offer lands for Africans in the Diaspora to establish and invest at Paga.
12. KUMASI Zoo attracts more tourists26/07/2007
THE transfer of animals from the Accra Zoological Gardens to Kumasi has enhanced tourist attraction at the Kumasi Zoological Gardens as tourists who troop to the Kumasi metropolis and its environs take time to visit the garden in their numbers to learn more about the animals and to have first hand information about their life style.
13. The creation of a new Region out of the Northern Region26/07/2007
THE Northern Region of Ghana is the region that covers the largest piece of land in the country, covering an area of 70,384 out of Ghana’s approximately 237,626 It is one of the regions with the highest number of different ethnic groups for example Dagombas, Gonjas, Mamprusis, Kokombas and Nanumbas.
14. Ga Chiefs Satisfied with work at25/07/2007
GA Mantse King Tackie Tawiah 111 has expressed satisfaction at the level of rehabilitation work on the Ohene Gjan Stadium.
15. Oguaahene opens 8th PANAFEST bazaar25/07/2007
OSABARIMA Kwesi Atta 11, the Omanhene of Oguaa Traditional Area, on Sunday cut the tape to open the 8th Pan African Historical Theatre festival (PANAFEST) Expo / Bazaar at Adisadel College in Cape Coast.
16. PAWA Confab on Copyright Ends24/07/2007
PARTICIPANTS at a two-day workshop on copy-right have called for a stakeholders’ forum to discuss the issue of the indigenous use of folklore.
17. Minister commends Techiman Chiefs24/07/2007
THE Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture, Sampson Kweku Boafo, had commended the chiefs of Techiman, for giving out to acres of land, for the establishment of a cultural village project.
18. Prang Celebrates ‘Tilawa’ festival24/07/2007
THE Vice-President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, at the weekend joined the chiefs and people of the Prang Traditional Area to climax the annual Quran recitation festival know as’ Tilawa.’
19. Shai outdoors new ‘Chief of defence’24/07/2007
Nene Nagai Kassa V111 was at the weekend outdoored as Mla Hiomeh Matse (Defence Chief) of the Shai Traditional Area at Agomeda.
In the run-up to and during Ghana’s golden jubilee celebrations, so much was said about leadership legacy in this country and how various leaders and forms of leadership, legitimate and illegitimate, have contributed to the present state of the country.
21. Nkrumah, Dubois, Padmore remembered23/07/2007
A WREATH laying ceremony was held in Accra on Thursday in honour of W.E.B. DuBois, Dr Kwame Nkrumah and George Padmore to honour the three men for their immense contribution to Africa’s liberation.
22. Ghana at fifty, ‘ateyie ma awerefir’ (1-2)21/07/2007
Scores born from the seventies do not know this. But the general attitude of men towards women, though still superior and machismo, has changed drastically, and for the better in the last fifty years.
THE Ministry of Culture is worried that by the very law establishing the National commission on Culture, the Commission is existing illegally.
24. The marriage of Anansewa21/07/2007
UNDER the auspices of the Ghana @ 50 Secretariat, the Marriage of Anansewa will be performed at the National theatre from July 27 to 29, at 7.30pm each night.
25. Ghana wants AGOA period extended19/07/2007
PRESIDENT John Agyekum Kufour yesterday appealed to the United States government to extend the 2015 expiration date of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Initiative.
26. ‘National’ immortalizes Kwame Nkrumah19/07/2007
GHANA National College in Cape Coast will celebrate its first founder’s day on September 21.
27. Sewua Chieftaincy Affairs19/07/2007
Please permit me to make the following observation about a shinning example for Ghanaians, and especially Asantes to emulate.
28. Brazilian House for Ga Mashie19/07/2007
GHANA’S relationship with Brazil has been strengthened with the rehabilitation of the heart of Ga Mashie to be used as an exhibition centre and a coffee shop. It has been named the Brazilian House.
29. Chief teaches culture, others in Western Region18/07/2007
THE Nana Kobina Nketsia IV Trust, has begun an outreach programme to teach junior secondary students of the Essikado traditional area Ghanaian heritage, culture and history.
30. Otublohum get Seintse18/07/2007
Nii Oto Brafo 111 (in battle dress) dancing to the tune of traditional music, following his installation as the Seintse (Stool Father) of Otublohum in Accra, at a grand ceremony on Saturday.
31. Otumfuo receives Yaa Asantewaa documentary18/07/2007
THE Asantehene Otumfuo, Osei Tutu 11, has been presented with the epic television documentary, Yaa Asantewaa- The Heroism of an African Queen, and a companion book of the same title at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.
32. The Female Genital Mutilation Law17/07/2007
T HE Banda Traditional Council, concerned about the increase in the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the Tain District of the Brong Ahafo Region, has taken steps to enforce the law against the practice in the area.
33. Tourism Sector receives major boost16/07/2007
GHANA’S Tourism sector, last week received a major boost when the Parliamentary-Select-Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism undertook a three-day working tour of some ecotourism sites in the Volta Region.
34. ACRAG Awards: A critical appraisal14/07/2007
It was reported last week in the press that the Arts Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana (ACRAG) has decided to honour a number of individuals and organizations for outstanding contribution to the arts in the country.
35. All dressed up to go where?14/07/2007
WHEN we last heard from them, the wulomei, in song, were on their way to Meridian, to eat, drink and dance, to have a good time! The Meridian Hotel at Tema has since disappeared from the social landscape.
36. Danger! Hon. S.K. Boafo has a bomb14/07/2007
LAWYER-PRIEST-MP, Minister Sampson Kweku Boafo is headed for the history book not necessarily the Guinness Book of Records. In the unlikeliest event that the Castle nullifies three edicts emanating from his Ministry, he stands neck–and–neck with Dr. Mohammed Ibn Ben Abdallah in whose tenure culture as a sector, received some of the farthest reaching shake-ups in 50 years.
37. Our dying cultures14/07/2007
PARENTING, as I find it in Ghana now, makes my head whirl. The need to make money is pushing our need to bring up our children into the background.
38. Pan-African Film Fiesta Opens in Accra14/07/2007
A TWO-WEEK biennial Pan-African Student Film and Television Festival Dubbed: “ANIWA Africa 2007”, organized by the National Film and Television Institute of Ghana (NAFTI) began on Monday in Accra.
39. Peki durbar to usher Joseph Project14/07/2007
THE chiefs and people of the Peki traditional area in the Volta Region, will next Friday, host a grand durbar to precede the formal launch of the Joseph Project being organized by Ministry of Tourism and Diasporan Relations.
40. Wanna be a tour guide?14/07/2007
WHENEVER you sit down to train a tour guide, you are often confronted by two immediate problems. First you discover that the candidate, in my case more often a practicing guide, does not know Ghana sufficiently for your liking.
41. Horse or Zebra?14/07/2007
BERLIN – A Zebrula – a cross between a horse and a zebra-has drawn curious onlookers to a zoo in Germany because of its unusual coat.
42. TV AFRICA: Home grown programming14/07/2007
Cynics have concluded that it is boring watching local programmes because they carry nothing that will attract viewers to glue to the television sets.
In my maiden article last week I made a factual error that was brought to my attention by a very good respectable concerned theatre arts practitioner in the person of Evans Nii Oma Hunter.
44. At Bakatue Festival13/07/2007
Mr. Kwadwo Mpianim delivering his address. Present were Omanhene of Edina Traditional Area, Osabarima Kwesi Atta Omanhene of Ogua Traditional Council, and Neeny, Chartey, Omanhene of Effutu traditional area who graced the occasion.
45. Farmers anticipate hunger in Northern Ghana13/07/2007
FARMERS in the Tamale metropolis are anticipating hunger this farming season as their crops have failed due to the prolonged drought in many parts of Northern Ghana.
46. Religious Dialogue Centre for Tamale13/07/2007
AN Inter-religious Dialogue Centre has been established in Tamale to help promote peace, understanding and mutual respect among the different religious faiths, particularly Muslims and Christians in the metropolis.
47. Explore potentials in Tourism Industry – Jake09/07/2007
THE former Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations, Mr. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, has said that it is about time Ghana explored all the tourism potential in the country, in addition to known ones, to enable the country to benefit fully from the tourism sector.
48. Ghanaian Culture Shake Berlin07/07/2007
THE German capital, Berlin was shaken to its foundations as Ghanaians portrayed their culture as part of activities of their country’s 50th independence anniversary
49. In love with Sekyere caves07/07/2007
SOME 98 per cent of people have never seen or entered a cave before, according to a smart survey that was carried out in Ghana (for the domestic market) and some parts of the Netherlands and UK.
50. Involve chiefs in local government07/07/2007
THE Paramount Chief of the Essikadu Tradi-tional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, has bemoaned the continuous exclusion of the chieftaincy institution in local governance.
51. Is Ghana on track managing her natural resources and environment?07/07/2007
If you were asked to state your response to the question “how far have we, as a country, managed our natural resources and environment since independence”, what would be your response? The candid thought-provoking response by the Director for Africa, WWF-International and Professor of Zoology, University of Ghana, Legon, Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, would interest and engage you as it did me.
52. Forest reserves in WR being depleted06/07/2007
Forest reserves in the Western Region are being depleted at a fast rate due to massive encroachment by farmers.
53. A case for ecotourism development in Ghana05/07/2007
THE ever increasing opportunities for leisure, coupled with technological advancement in transport and communication, has spurred tremendous growth and improvement in travel and tourism in the last decade.
54. Bolga prepares for Emancipation Day05/07/2007
THE Upper East Regional Manager of the Ghana Tourist Board, Ms. Mary M. Agangmikre, has called on Ghanaians, especially the youth to use the Emancipation Day celebration to reflect and liberate themselves from the perception that nothing good comes from Ghana and Africa.
55. Cheers at Bakatue festival05/07/2007
Two boatfuls of colourfully attired maidens, the best Elmina can boast of, stole the show at the public events that marked Bakatue, the harvest festival of the Edena Traditional Area on Tuesday.
56. Lawra installs new chief03/07/2007
THE National Director of the Town and Country Planning Department, Mr. Edward Karbo, has been installed the new paramount chief of the Lawra traditional area in the upper west Region under the skin name Naa Puowelle Karbo 111.
57. On African unity03/07/2007
ABOUT a month ago, I wrote a short piece on African Unity in the Daily Graphic. The purpose of the piece was to eradicate some popular misconceptions about African unity.
58. COUNTRY PROFILE (UN)01/07/2007
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