From Francis Owusu-Ansah, Sunyani
Barring any last minute hitch, the former Brong-Ahafo Region would celebrate its 60th anniversary, commencing from September, under the theme “United in Separation for Progress”.
Before the region was divided into three (Bono, Bono East and Ahafo), the Brong-Ahafo region was carved out from the then Western Ashanti region on April 14, 1959 and named after the dominant and native inhabitants -the Bonos and Ahafos, mainly Akans.
The 60th anniversary was put on hold because of the separation of the then Brong-Ahafo into three regions.
The Chairman of the Planning Committee for the 60th anniversary celebration of the then Brong-Ahafo Region, Professor Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi, though the region has been separated to push forward development, thus the need for the celebration to reminisce lessons from the past, and strategise towards the realisation of the aspirations for the separation of the region.
Addressing a press conference in Sunyani to outline activities lined up, Professor Ameyaw-Akumfi explained that; “the anniversary would highlight, for the benefit of future generations, achievements and developments in the region”.
Prof. Ameyaw-Akumfi said; “the ties that bind the people are not severed and even in the separation our long-cherished unity remains undisturbed and we are still needed in our various expertise to promote development”
He therefore called on citizens of Bono and Ahafo regions and corporate organisations to support the anniversary celebration. Key events for the celebration include symposium, quiz competition and a grand durbar to climax it.
The symposium, which would highlight the history and achievements of the then Brong-Ahafo and showcase the endowments of the three new regions is scheduled for September 11 at the Auditorium of the Sunyani Technical University.
Professor Ameyaw-Akumfi said modern museum is to be built at the Sunyani Technical University to preserve the cultural heritages of and the bond of unity between the Chiefs and people of the Bonos and Ahafos.
The monument, to be completed within five years, would preserve and showcase traditional regalia, ornaments and relics of the chiefs and the people.
According to Prof. Ameyaw-Akumfi, “the establishment of the museum is part of activities for the anniversary and would help maintain the mutual relationship and the history of the people”.
He lauded the separation of Brong-Ahafo into three regions, saying “it would move development to the next level”.
He assured that the ties that bind the people is not severed because even in separation the long-cherished unity remains undisturbed and the three regions still need various expertise to promote development of Bono, Ahafo and Ghana.
Professor Ameyaw Akumfi aid the cultural museum would be a monument to remind the people about Brong-Ahafo and of its 60th anniversary so as to maintain the great lessons bequeathed to the people by Nananom.
Members of the Planning Committee comprise two representatives from each of the three regions, traditional authorities and the media.
It also has a representative of Abibirem Communications, the event organisers as well as a representative of the Bono Regional Coordinating Council, representing the three administrative regions.