PRESIDENT DIRECTS ORGANIZATION OF HOMOFEST

 

HouseofChiefsPresident John Dramani Mahama has called for the organization of ‘Homofest’ (homogeneous festival) of the chiefs and people Ga-Adangbe to climax their annual Homowo festivities. The Homofest aims at promoting tourism through the rich culture and tradition of the Ga-Adangbes.

To this end Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, has presented a draft programme to the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs for their study and inputs.

This came to light when Mrs. Ofosu-Adjare held a meeting with the members of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs at Guggisberg Hall at Dodowa on Wednesday.

She was accompanied by Dr Henry Seidu Danaa, the Minister of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, Hon. Isaac Djangma Vanderpuiye, Minister of State, Hon. Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, the Greater Accra Regional Minister and Hon. Nii Lante Vanderpuiye, the Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development.

The Tourism Minister said Homowo was one of the most beautiful festivals in Ghana which could promote tourism and national cohesion, “therefore let us help popularize Homowo to promote home coming of our people living outside.”

“We have to ensure that our culture and tradition live on and so we have to protect them for our younger generation and for other people to see and accord us the due respect wherever we may be as Ga-Adangbes.”

Mrs. Ofosu-Agyare said the Ministry Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs and the Greater Accra Regional Security Council would collaborate in the organization of the Homofest including the 16 district assemblies in the region.

She said the ceremony is scheduled for September 27, to coincide with the World Tourism Day which would be preceded with a massive clean-up in the region aimed at “hooting at filth and cholera.” There would also be a photo exhibition and traditional food bazaar to depict the culture of the people and the tourism potentials of the region.

Nii Afotey-Agbo said the President was passionate about the organization of the Homofest to showcase the rich culture and tradition of the chiefs and people of Ga-Dangme after their annual Homowo festival.

He said it was the view of the President that the Homofest would give them the platform to speak with one voice to tell government their needs and challenges for the development of the region as well as to unite the chiefs and people.

Dr Danaa said the organization of the Homofest was very important and chieftaincy, tradition and culture were essential ingredients in the development of a country and asked the chiefs to support the initiative.

The members of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs unanimously accepted the draft programme of the Homofest and expressed gratitude to the President for the laudable idea. The members of the House of Chiefs urged the Ministers to work hand-in-hand with them for a successful arrangement.

 

Source: GNA

2014 WORLD TOURISM DAY TO STRENGTHEN UNITY AMONG GA-ADANGBES

homofest2This year’s World Tourism Day celebration in the country will be climaxed with a new festive celebration christened “Homofest”, aimed at bringing together all Ga-Adangbe people to showcase their rich cultural heritage.

The concept of Homofest is a directive from President John Mahama to the Tourism Ministry to package the annual Homowo celebrations of the Ga- Adangbe people to attract the needed patronage, appreciation and investments.

Launching the 2014 World Tourism Day and the first ever Homofest celebration in Accra on Friday, sector Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Elizabeth Ofosu Adjare, said the joint celebration will foster the unity of the Ga-Adangbe people and also create job opportunities for the youth.

“Homofest will serve as a homecoming for all indigenes of the Ga-Adangbe State both home and abroad, whilst fostering unity, social cohesion and peace for development of the Ga-Adangbe States,” she said.

Outlining activities scheduled for the celebrations, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu Adjare stated the Homofest will kick-start with a clean-up exercise in all sixteen assemblies in the region. A photo exhibition by all Metropolitan, Municipal and District assemblies and a Food Bazaar at the National Theater will also be observed.

The joint celebrations will be climaxed on the 27th of September, which is World Tourism Day, with a colourful durbar of Chiefs

TOURISM MINISTRY TO HOST GRAND HOMOWO FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER

HomowoThe Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the Greater Accra Regional Cordinating Council and the National Lotteries Authority (NLA) is making an addition to the country’s calendar of high profile events by introducing what it has christened “HOMOFEST 2014”. The festival is slated for September 25th-27th, 2014.

According to the sector Minister, Hon Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu Adjare, the event will be an annual one to climax the celebration of the Homowo Festival of the people of Ga-Adangbe after all the various stools namely Tema, Nungua, Teshie, Osu, La, Prampram, Ningo and Ga Mashie have completed their individual celebrations.

The Minister believes it is long overdue to have one unique yearly platform to offer all Ghanaians and international tourists a rare opportunity to witness the rich culture and tradition of the Ga-Adangbe people – the landlords of the capital of the country. The festival aims at promoting unity for national and community development, job creation and showcasing of the rich and authentic culture of the Gas to the wider populace.

The Minister disclosed the above when she joined the Chiefs and People of La to celebrate this year’s Homowo under the theme “Cultural Knowledge base to the Youth for a Disciplined Society”.

A value addition to the planned HOMOFEST is that the grand durbar to climax the three-day celebrations on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 coincides with this year’s World Tourism Day under the theme “Tourism and Community Development”. She observed that the introduction of the festival is timely, especially at a better time when the threat of Ebola is having a negative impact on the tourism industry. This, she opined, requires that Ghana devise strategies to boost domestic tourism.

Activities lined up for the two events (HOMOFEST and World Tourism Day) include a decentralized clean-up exercise in all the sixteen (16) Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the Greater Accra Region as part of efforts to rid the communities of filth and its attendant problems such as cholera, with its effect on tourism, culture and creative arts.

Present with the Minister at the event were Hon Nii Amasa Namoale (MP for La Dade-Kotopon, Hon Sylvester Mensah (Chief Executive, National Health Insurance Authority) and Hon Rita Odoley Sowah (MCE, LaDMA).

MINISTRY HOLDS TWO-DAY TEAM BUILDING WORKSHOP

 

TeamBuildingThe Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts has held a two-day team building workshop for its senior management, which included all its 14 implementing agencies.

The exercise was part of a series of management activities geared towards realizing the Minister’s/ Chief Director’s Performance Contracts with His Excellency the President and the Head of Civil Service.

Participants were taken through topics such as performance management, interpersonal communication, how to make Directors effective on their jobs, development of action plans and preparation of business plans, among others.

Closing the workshop, the sector Minister, Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare called for unity of purpose and a concerted effort of all gathered in order to achieve the targeted deliverables.

She expressed her confidence in the team she was working with and hoped that the workshop with help equip them to deliver even more than they were doing presently. She urged participants to be as open-minded, frank and honest as possible to ensure that the best of decisions are reached at the end of the workshop on how to move the ministry forward in the right direction.

In his welcoming remarks to open the workshop, Nana Bright Oduro-Kwarteng, Chief Director of the Ministry called on participants to adopt a new management “mindset” on how to increase their agencies sources of revenue and current cash flow situations.

He also opined that the Directors/Heads of Units and Agencies should devise a more robust strategic thinking that would engender continuous improvement in service delivery.

Nana Oduro-Kwarteng stated that the status quo cannot remain and that they should also focus on what could really hurt their organisation in the next few years, and what kind of Performance Management systems they have put in place to ensure continuous improvement.

He also entreated Heads of Agencies to frequently review their Business/ Strategic Plans, have frequent interactions with staff, share information and put in place effective internal control mechanisms to achieve optimum output from staff.

MINISTER INTRODUCES WEEKLY “STAND-UP” MANAGEMENT MEETINGS


WeeklyMeetingsThe Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, as part of her Ministry’s realignment, introduced an innovative management style of ensuring regular monitoring and evaluation of the Ministry’s work. She is of the belief that the regular sharing of information among senior management is very critical to the attainment of organizational objectives.

To this end, she has instituted a weekly early Monday morning “stand-up” management meeting to bring Directors, Unit Heads and Heads of implementing bodies up to speed with planned activities for the week.

The meetings are aimed at cataloguing all the directional efforts of the Ministry’s work schedule by ensuring that all critical management members are in the known of goings-on in the Ministry and to also solicit inputs on planned programmes and activities. The meetings are also intended at putting management in “flight mode” (ready-for-action) for the business of the week.

The meetings, which last for between a maximum of fifteen (15) to thirty (30) minutes, are in line with her excellent corporate

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, as part of her Ministry’s realignment, introduced an innovative management style of ensuring regular monitoring and evaluation of the Ministry’s work. She is of the belief that the regular sharing of information among senior management is very critical to the attainment of organizational objectives.

 

To this end, she has instituted a weekly early Monday morning “stand-up” management meeting to bring Directors, Unit Heads and Heads of implementing bodies up to speed with planned activities for the week.

 

The meetings are aimed at cataloguing all the directional efforts of the Ministry’s work schedule by ensuring that all critical management members are in the known of goings-on in the Ministry and to also solicit inputs on planned programmes and activities. The meetings are also intended at putting management in “flight mode” (ready-for-action) for the business of the week.

 

The meetings, which last for between a maximum of fifteen (15) to thirty (30) minutes, are in line with her excellent corporate governance policy of operating a transparent and an all-inclusive administration.

 

This novelty, she is quick to always add, does not take the place of the already
existing Directors’ and Management Meetings which extensively delve into the running of the Ministry.

governance policy of operating a transparent and an all-inclusive administration.

This novelty, she is quick to always add, does not take the place of the already existing Directors’ and Management Meetings which extensively delve into the running of the Ministry.

KNUST LECTURER PRESENTS DOCUMENTARY ON GHANA’S FORTS AND CASTLES TO MINISTER

dvdThe Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts has commended researchers who are taking pains to package the country’s tourism, culture and creative arts products into forms that can be easily promoted both within and outside the country. According to her, this will help to continuously project the country as the preferred tourism destination on the continent.

Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare made the above remarks when she received a DVD presentation on Ghana’s forts and castles. She highly commended the researcher for a good job done and pledged that the Ministry will continually collaborate with him and others to reposition the country’s forts and castles on the global tourism map.

Making the presentation, Professor Afranie, Provost of the College of Arts and Social Sciences of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), observed that even though the forts and castles remind us of an unpleasant past, they are nonetheless a part of our history which must be preserved. He said the DVDs will greatly help in promoting the country’s tourism.

The researcher, Dr. Anum, also a lecturer at the College of Arts and Social Sciences of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) hoped that the work could become a resource material for use in schools so that students can appreciate our history, colonial legacies and tourist attractions from the comfort of their classrooms and homes.

CREATIVE ARTS VACATION CAMP OPENS IN ACCRA

VflA month’s intensive creative arts vacation camp to train young people in dance, drama, basket weaving, bead designing, batik and tie-dye, sports and personal hygiene and grooming, has opened in Accra.

The camp is being organised by Values for Life, a non-governmental organisation, in collaboration with the National Commission on Culture at the Community Youth Cultural Center (CYCC) at Maamobi.

Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with renowned personalities in the arts and entertainment industry and would be also be given hands-on training in areas of special interest to them. 

The camp, the fifth of its kind, is to bridge the gap between formal education and home training and to keep the youth away from vices during the vacation.

The Director of Value for Life, Gloria Ofori, said though the academic curriculum was important, the youth must also devote some time to activities outside the usual schoolwork since those pursuits were also enlightening and would make them stand tall amongst their colleagues.

She said it was necessary to mentor and nurture the youth to use their talents positively since these would turn out to be their sources of income.

The Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Dzifa Abla Gomashie, officially opened the camp. 

She expressed her support to the idea of young people developing interest in co-curricular activities in order to gain exposure to areas not covered in the academic curriculum.

According to her, people in disciplines such as the arts, entertainment and sports are among the most successful in the world.

“Every child has a special talent that must be fully harnessed and the classroom alone is not enough to unveil these talents,” the deputy minister said.

“There are children who may not perform very well in class but have hidden talents that do not manifest in the classroom. There is therefore a need to provide a platform for such children,” she added.

Guests included actresses Nana Ama McBrown, Vivienne Achor, Irene Opare and other stakeholders in the entertainment industry.

Source: graphic.com.gh   

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