A celebrity traditionalist Nana Kweku Bonsam whose surname literally means the Devil wants to be the president of the proposed National Shrine of Ghana.
“We need a National Shrine also just like the Christians will have the National Cathedral,” Bonsam said.
“We also deserve it as citizens. When the National Shrine is built, we’ll need a leader and I’m ready to take on that task as a President of the National Shrine Association. The traditionalists have lots of herbs we can use to heal sicknesses.
Enough of the foreign drugs,” he told Francis Abban of Accra-based Starr FM.
According to the Minister of chieftaincy, Mr. Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, Ghana is considering plans to build a national shrine for traditional leaders.
Responding to a question at a press briefing in Accra on Wednesday, Mr. Dzamesi said his ministry has been approached by some traditional groupings for the construction of a national shrine.
According to him, the construction of a national shrine would not be unrealistic since the Islamic and Christian faiths in the country have a national mosque and national cathedral respectively.
“Since I took office, as I said, we have a national mosque and now we are in the process of building a national cathedral. And few times, some traditional groupings have also approached me. There was a group of Wulomɛi [Ga Traditional Priests] who also approached me and actually asked for a traditional shrine,” he said.
“I think that since the constitution allows freedom of worship, we will study it very well and see how possible that will also be. We are not ruling out traditional shrines,” he added.
The Christian Council of Ghana has also lauded the idea.
Addressing the issue on Onua FM’s Yen Sempa , the General Secretary of the CCG, Rev. Dr. Cyril G. K. Fayose, said: “Ghana is largely a Christian country. It is also a multi-religious country, so we do not have only Christian, we have Muslims, and traditional religions”.
“So if we have a national mosque and a national cathedral, I don’t think it’s a misplaced priority to have a national shrine.”
Rev. Dr. Fayose said “they have the right to ask. They are all evangelistic religions and they all want to convert people into their religions”.
“For us as Christians, our goal is to evangelize the whole world so as the Muslims and may be traditional religions,” he explained.
Source: Daily Mail GH