Ghana’s finest rapper Edem has taken another giant step by launching an end year festival dubbed: “Edemfest”.
The event which was launched in Accra is the 2nd Edition and aims at celebrating art and culture, and also tackling pertinent social issues confronting the nation.
The event was attended by high profile personalities and the media.Last year, the festival was held on the Keta High Street, in the Volta Region with the core aim of raising awareness on illegal fishing.
This year, the event, which serves as prelude to the Hogbetsotso Festival, will be held with the objective of tackling sand winning, and open defecation.
In an interview with the musician he noted that experts have compared the effects of sand winning to the galamsey menace. This he said, there is the need to raise awareness on the adverse effects of this activity cannot be overstated.
“A 2017 Unicef report indicates that 208 districts in Ghana still engage in open defecation. Earlier this year, the Global Media Foundation (GLOEMF) revealed that open defecation cost our economy about $79 million each year.
These are clearly staggering statistic that must be addressed as a matter of urgency, and we very much look forward to having government, corporate Ghana, and private individuals support us on this quest.
Plans are far advanced to make Edemfest a nationwide affair, because I recognise the gravity of the task I have taken on,” he stated.
Edemfest 2018 comes off November 2nd at the Aborigine Beach Resort, Keta. A serene beach wit pure sands, the venue is a gorgeous testament of what happens when they take the duty of preserving our environment seriously.
This year’s event will be attended by over 20,000 patrons —double of the number they recorded last year.
It is clear that Edemfest 2018, aside reconnecting us to our heritage, and reviving our confidence in our potential, will go a long way towards contributing to the economic development of the area, as well as fostering budding talent from there.
As you would expect of creatives form these parts, my career began modestly — pounding on school desks and sleeping on studio floors. And so, I consider it a great blessing to reach the heights that I have, and to possess an influential voice.
Whenever I sit to reflect on my journey thus far, my heart brims with joy, but at the same time, I am reminded of the responsibilities a person in my position automatically assumes —one to leave my society better than I met it.
Undoubtedly, music is a powerful tool, and my music has constantly served as a great platform to share my story, and inspire fellow youth who nurse hopes of a better life. My name loosely translates as “redemption” —and it is what I seek to demonstrate with my life
Story by Anita Frimpong