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International Museums Day held in Accra

Ghana on Tuesday joined the world to mark this year’s International Museums Day under the theme: “Museums as the Cultural Hub: The Future of Tradition.”

 

The event, which was held in Accra, was to show Ghana’s support for the restitution of museum collections to Africa. The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, said Ghana has a lot of space which could be used for museums and other auxiliary facilities.

 

According to her, “Ghana’s engagement with other continents is a great potential ground on which we can partner with other museums within the continent to present the stories in the museums.”

 

In a statement, the Executive Director of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB), Mr. Kingsley Ofosu Ntiamoah, said African museums were unanimous in supporting the return of colonial-era museum collections to Africa.

 

“In France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, and the United Kingdom, as well as in the United States, museums with significant African traditions are reconsidering how these African traditions should be best protected.”

 

He said it was for this reason that GMMB was marking the day, to assess the status of the Ghana's museums to prepare to receive all restituted cultural mater.

 

Source: ISD (Solace Esi Amankwa)

 

Created: 24 May 2019
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