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Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona IV, the Osu Mantse, has encouraged Ghanaians to jealously guard and promote their culture, saying any person or country that throws its culture away has no future.
The traditional ruler was livid that with the advent and proliferation of churches, his compatriots no longer want to practice the rich Ghanaian culture, noting that observing and performing culture does not constitute idol worship.
Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona IV, who is also President of the Osu Traditional Council, said “Culture is not an insult to God and culture does not prevent any body from going to church.”
He appealed to Ghanaians to speak their respective Ghanaian language at home and English language while in school rather than the current unbridled and offensive promotion of the English language both in schools and homes. He said Ghanaians should not be ashamed to speak their dialect.
Speaking at the launch of Kids in Tourism Project at the forecourt of the Osu Mantse palace in Accra, he admonished parents, guardians and care givers to teach their children the Ghanaian culture and urged them to encouraged them to know their current and past chiefs.
Ms. Nana Akua Afriyie, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Melshe Travels and Kids in Tourism Ghana, on her part, said the objective of her outfit is to educate and inculcate the rich tourism potentials in Ghanaian kids hence the formation of Kids in Tourism Clubs in schools in Ghana. It current membership, according to her is about 4490 from over 52 schools spread across the Greater Accra region and parts of Eastern region and counting.
She stated that their objective is cover the 10 regions of the country, citing activities such as folklore, excursions, knowing Ghana, kids sanitation, tourism quiz, debates, paintings among others as their focus. Ms. Nana Akua Afriyie opined that Melshe Travels and Kids in Tourism Ghana intend to make the tourism sector the number one foreign exchange earner by getting Ghanaian children appreciate the sights and sounds of mother Ghana.
Source: Adovor Nutifafa