Ghana launches program to revitalize folklore

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Ghanaian Folklore
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The National Folklore Board (NFB), a state institution mandated by law to promote and protect Ghanaian expressions of folklore, on Monday officially launched a program to create awareness of Ghanaian folklore through the sharing of fun folklore facts.

Dubbed the “Did You Know” series, the program seeks to promote Ghanaian folklore which includes art, names, signs and symbols, ceremonies, handicrafts and narratives.

It is the first of innovative and exciting line ups put together by the Board, on a monthly basis, throughout the year, to help prop up the country’s folklore.

A statement issued in Accra, signed by Nana Adjoa Adobea Asante, the acting director of the NFB, said the series consist of interesting folklore facts which address aspects of Ghana’s folklore such as food, language, festivals and symbols.

The statement made a clarion call on Ghanaians, both home and abroad, to return to their identity, pride and folklore, especially in the Year of Return, which a year set aside to commemorate 400 years since the first African slaves left the shores of West Africa.

Folklore is the intellectual and spiritual tradition passed on from the oral tradition from generation to generation around the world.

There are over 100 different ethnic groups in Ghana with each having a different and unique folklore which has been responsible for the West African country’s rich cultural heritage.

Source: Alex Osei-Boateng

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