Brong Ahafo Celebrates Festival Of Arts And Culture (REFAC 2014) In Sunyani

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The Brong-Ahafo Region is located in South Ghana.
Brong-Ahafo is bordered to the north by the Black Volta River and to the east
by the Lake Volta, and to the south by the Ashanti region, Eastern and Western
regions, and to the west by the Ivory Coast southestern border. The capital of
Brong-Ahafo is Sunyani.

Brong-Ahafo was created in 1958 from Bono state and named
after the dominant Akans Brong and Ahafo.
Economy and tourism
Brong Ahafo is renowned for its large cocoa production and
agriculture/agri-business industries. Brong Ahafo contains many Akan cultural
and wildlife attractions, but it is less known to tourists than the Ashanti or
Central region.
Tourism destinations in the region are:
Buabeng-Fiema Monkey Santuary in Nkoranza North District,
Kintampo and Fuller Water Falls, Tano Sacred Grove, Buoyam Caves and Bats
Colony, Bono-Manso Slave Market, Kunsu Slave Transit Site and The recently discovered
Waterfall at Nchiraa in the Wenchi Municipality.
The region marked its annual festival of arts and culture on
Tuesday, 28th October, 2014 at the jubilee park in Sunyani which was
attended by the Hon. Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, The
Deputy Regional minister, Hon. Municipal Chief Executives/District Chief
Executives, Chiefs, Artists, Artistes, The Media, and School children.
The Regional Festival of Arts and Culture (REGIFEST 2014)
was presented by the Centre for National Culture in collaboration with the
Brong Ahafo Regional Coordinating Council. 
Theme for this year’s celebration was The Creative Arts and
Tourism, A Platform for National Development.
Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon. Mrs.
Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare speaking at the occasion said, Culture is the dynamic
force that encompasses the totality of the way of life of a people, community
or nation and it reflects their ideals, beliefs and values of society, which
include the recognition of Traditional Authorities and sages.
She said her ministry has a map up a strategy to use the
Regional festival to identify talents and secondly to provide the platform for
showcasing Regional Cultural and Tourist peculiarities. “The Regional NAFAC has
been a source of great encouragement and I am very proud to be associated with
it. We have so far celebrated Regional NAFACS in Cape Coast, Sekondi-Takoradi,
Koforidua, Accra, Akatsi and Hohoe in the Volta Region and Kumasi.”
She added that, The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and
Creative Arts recognizes social and cultural unity in diversity and also
acknowledges cultural values as a major instrument for accelerating development
since unity is a vital ingredient for Nation building.
“In line with the requirement of our national constitution
and the demands of our Cultural Policy. Culture is being mainstream in our
National Development Agenda. A vibrant culture would provide the platform for a
rapid socio economic development. The government will therefore give the
Creative Arts a boost so that it can serve as a vehicle for creating wealth for
national development.” 
Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Hon. Justice Samuel
Adjei  who represent the Brong Ahafo
Regional Minister, Hon. Eric opoku appealed to stakeholders in the creative and
tourism industry including culture institutions,  broadcasting agencies and organizations,
private sector, actors and musicians, unions to foster collaboration to take
advantage of emerging market base creativity to generate high revenue and provide
a future full of  transformational and
He said this festival provides a unique opportunity to re-strategize
and meet the development aspirations of the people.
He therefore called on Nananom to make all resources
available to enable the region hold a successful National Festival coming November
Nana Kwasi Bosomprah, Goasoman-hene who chaired the ceremony
called on all present to use their time very well as time is also part of our
culture, and pledged that, Nananom will ensure that tourism will have its firm
ground in the Brong Ahafo Region.
By: Kofi Oppong kyekyeku (KOK)

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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