Mayor enthreats public to visit National Museum, heritage sites

Social Museum Mayor
Social Museum Mayor

Mrs Elizabeth Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey, the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, has entreated the public to visit the newly refurbished gallery of the National Museum in Accra and other heritage sties to appreciate the Ghanaian culture and civilisation.

She said the museum hosted histories and stories that depicted who we were as Ghanaians and Africans hence the need to visit such facilities to learn about our history.

Mrs Sackey made the appeal as a follow up to the opening of the refurbished gallery of the National Museum in Accra by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The Museum, which was built in 1957, was closed to the public in 2015 to make way for the refurbishment.

The refurbishment includes structural restoration, improvements in the outlook of the galleries and the expansion of the collections in some of the museums, including the acquisition of seven vintage cars used by former Presidents of the country.

The mayor said the museum served as collection point for the nation’s artefacts, history, behaviours, and way of life, and urged Ghanaians to develop the culture of visiting the place regularly to appreciate the rich culture and history behind the country.

Mrs Sackey cited the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Ussher and James Forts, Bible House, as well as Franklin House, Brazil House, and former slave masters’ house as key components of the cultural and historic aesthetics of the City of Accra and encouraged citizens and foreigners to visit and experience its rich heritage.

She also announced plans to establish a Hall of Fame in Accra to recognise indigenes who had distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavour to encourage the youth to aim high.

The first female Mayor of Accra also expressed her commitment to safeguard the heritage and tourist sites in the city to preserve the culture of the people of Accra.

Mrs Sackey called on Ghanaians and people from the diaspora to visit Accra and witness the rich culture of the Ga people while reiterating that the Homowo festival was not fetish as presumed by most people but was biblical.

Stating the inception of the festival, she said: “There was a period of great famine during the migration of the Ga people from Egypt to present Ghana and the priest at the time fasted and prayed to God after which they were provided with two corns, some millets and water.

“After successfully following God’s instructions, there were rains that brought bountiful yields, thus, the people decided to celebrate this to honour God and hoot at hunger,” adding that; “During the fasting period there was a total ban on drumming and noise-making.”

The mayor described the Homowo festival as a season to give thanks to God for providing food and water in the wilderness during the migration period of the Gas from Egypt through Ethiopia to present-day Ghana, and that the festival showcases the rich tradition, custom and culture of the Ga people.

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