The Oguaa Traditional Council has called on individuals and corporate entities to generously donate towards a successful celebration of the 2018 Fetu Afahye celebration, as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).
The support is essential to preserve the cultural heritage of the Oguaa people and to project their unique cultural values and norms to attract the desired investment to stimulate economic growth.
Mr Perry Mensah, Chairman of the 2018 Oguaa Fetu Afahye Planning Committee, who said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Cape Coast, indicated that “this year’s festival is geared towards enhancing the cultural heritage of Oguaaman for accelerated development.”
The grand festival would be officially launched on Friday, April 20, 2018, with the theme: “Restoration of our heritage, a key to tourism and development,” at Ato Austin Memorial Gardens in Cape Coast.
He indicated that this year’s celebrations was geared towards promoting the indigenous cultural heritage of Oguaaman, with key focus on raising funds to complete the residence of Osabarima Kwasi Atta, the Omanhen of OTA, at the ‘Emintsimadze’ palace.
Additionally, it would be used as a point of reference to teach and inculcate in the youth of the area and the country at large, the importance of knowledge impartation through traditional folklore and morals.
Mr Mensah pledged to be more transparent and accountable in the committee’s dealings with the people to court their support, co-operation and loyalty.
He said it was the expectation of the people that traditional leaders would mobilise the people to bring development to their various communities and that, helping to transform the socio-economic conditions of the people should be made a top priority on their agenda.
The Committee Chairman assured that the Council and the Committee remained committed to coordinating, directing and promoting knowledge of Oguaa’s cultural heritage as the heartbeat of tourism in the Country.
In that respect, he admonished Ghanaians to take a second look at the way they preserve their cultural heritage, because it is an important part of the tradition of the country, stressing the need for a paradigm shift that would encourage home-grown development and called for greater unity to come together to reclaim the rich heritage that had existed for years.
Mr Mensah called on all to jealously support and guard the rich cultural heritage handed down to them by their forbearers, adding that different races and people the world over found their identity in their culture.
“Do not sit on the fringes of development, join and contribute towards the development of your localities. People without a culture have no identity,” he said.