Looking at the history of Ghana, folklore, through storytelling, music and dance among others has been an integral part of passing on information concerning culture and tradition from one generation to the other. It is rather unfortunate that in recent times, folklore has been relegated to the backseat as foreign tastes have increased.
The National Folklore Board has launched the Folklore Club to curb this menace and ensure that the younger generation is not entirely lost.
This new club which will be piloted in seven selected schools within Greater Accra is aimed at imbibing the knowledge of Ghanaian culture and tradition into young ones.
“Today, the NFB takes that bold step to bring back what appears to be disappearing, and there can be no better conduit than through these young ones who are still malleable and open to new and refreshing ideas. Sankofa (yen kyri) we are going back to our roots.” Nana Adjoa Adobea Asante, Acting Director of the National Folklore Board, said.
Also, she added that it is important that as a people, we do not neglect what our forefathers left us. According to her, this would ensure that “the Ghanaian blood that runs through your veins will never run dry!”
Officially launching the club, Catherine Afeku, Former Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture communicated her pleasure at the revitalisation of folklore among youngsters, since it was vital to our national life. She declared that the incoming tourism minister had guaranteed her of giving the National Folklore Board the push and bolster it deserves to help in their activities.
Present at the launch were the Former Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Catherine Afeku, Chairperson for the National Commission for Civic Education, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah, President of the African American Association of Ghana, Gail Nikoi, A Representative the UNESCO Ghana, Former Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dzifa Gomashie, Director of the Dubois Centre, Youth Tourism Ambassador and TOSOGHA President, Joseph Amartey and a host of other dignitaries.
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