The plush Peduase Valley Resort near Aburi served as venue for rich discourse between the press, government reps, investors, creative people, and other stakeholders in Ghana’s art, culture and tourism industry.
Dubbed “Arts and Culture for a more sustainable social economic environment”, the conversation centered around the current state and methods of preserving and passing on peculiar elements of our identity, as well as in what ways it can be improved.
Among key personalities present were the Deputy Minister of Tourism Honorable Dzifa Gomashie, (who was also special guest of honour), veteran artist and musician Efo Kofi, chairman of the National Development Planning Commission Dr. Kwesi Botchwey, singer Wiyaala, and CEO of the resort Mr. Hussein Fakhry.
Many have bemoaned the worrying decline in cultural awareness in the country, especially among young people. Honorable Gomashie, in her speech, asked all to play active roles in safeguarding our culture and not solely rely on efforts from government. Citing her personal experiences touring various destinations around the world (notably in Hawaii), she pointed out what economic potential for instance, comes with properly packaging tourism experiences.
Efo Kofi, in his delivery, lamented the widespread disregard/ ignorance of indigenous ways, emphasizing the organic quality of our inventions and practices. He also lamented the stark absence of our culture in our educational systems today.
Though open for only a few months, the 4- star Peduase Valley Resort is already among the most preferred destinations for relaxation in the country and the sub-region. This is due to the resort’s stunning architecture, world-class customer service, as well as the exquisite and serene location in which it is situated. Managing Director of the resort Mr. Hussein Fakhry, in his submission, also stressed the need to preserve and impart cultural wisdoms and other key aspects, a principle he admits, which informed the resort’s design in the first place.
In a concluding submission, Dr. Kwesi Botchwey cautioned that while it is good to be abreast of dynamic global trends, it is sjust as important to not lose our identity in the process.
The event was powered by the Peduase Valley Resort, and hosted by media personality Berla Mundi. The exclusive event also saw thrilling musical performances from award-winning singer Wiyaala.
Below are photos of the event courtesy GH Kwaku: