May 2013

This year’s PANAFEST and Emancipation Day was, yesterday, launched in Accra with a call on Africans to  be involved in liberation of the  African continent from slavery in areas where it still existed.

The minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, who made the call, also urged the people of the continent to remain committed to its development.            

Mrs Ofosu-Adjare said Pan-Africanism was the bedrock of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s burning passion for a unified African continent, most certainly fuelled by the anti-colonial movement.

She explained that, the theme for this year’s celebration; ‘Re-uniting the African Family: Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance’, was geared towards assessing the current configuration of aligned African states and its people including those in the diaspora.

‘The celebration of PANAFEST and Emancipation Day are a powerful reawakening event aimed at Africans in the diaspora to retrace their steps to Africa, while affording Ghanaians the renewal of bonds with those in the Diaspora,” Mrs Ofosu-Adjare declared.

She noted that, the African Union had given Ghana the honour of organising a high-level dialogue on Pan-Africanism and the African renaissance.

In an address, Prof. Esi Sutherland-Addy, a member of the Foundation, indicated that, PANAFEST was a landmark festival which addressed the most traumatic interruption that ever occurred in the natural evolution of African societies and eroded the self-confidence and freedom of its people.

Being the 10th edition and in its 21st year, Prof Sutherland-Addy noted that, the main goals of PANAFEST were to take steps to educate the public about the festival, rejuvenate it and re-launch it both internationally and domestically.

She disclosed that, this year’s celebration would give more prominence to young people and artistic programmes.

This, she said, would be done by laying emphasis on writing competitions and workshops to enable artists of the continent share their works.

Source: ISD (Chantal Aidoo & Loretta Naa Dei Ashie)