Prez to grace climax of BA@60 celebrations
From Francis Owusu-Ansah, Sunyani
President Nana Akufo-Addo is expected to grace the Grand Durbar (Nkradie Afahye) of the chiefs and people of the Brong-Ahafo Region to mark the climax of the 60th Anniversary of the creation of the erstwhile region.
Ahead of the durbar, which is slated for November 9 at the Jubilee Park in Sunyani, there will be a dinner and awards ceremony to honour prominent citizens who distinguished themselves in the development of the region.
The celebration, which is being organised by the chiefs of the former region, is meant to preserve the history of the region, which has now been divided into three, namely, the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions.
It also offers a fitting departure from the former region and cement the common history of its people for development. The theme for the celebration is: “United in separation for progress”.
The celebration commenced on September 11, 2019, with a special symposium at the Sunyani Techical University on the Theme: ‘Building the Future on the Achievements of the Past.’ Panelists at the symposium include Ms Adjoa Yeboah Afari, a journalist; Mr Alex Awuah, a banker; Professor Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi, a politician, and Dr Kwame Saarah-Mensah also a politician.
The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, was the special Guest of Honour.
Later on 27 October 2019 at the Techiman campus of the Valley View University, a ‘What Do You Know About Brong-Ahafo’ Quiz Competition amongst Senior High students was held.
St James Seminary and Senior High School, which represented the Bono Region, emerged winners after brushing aside stiff opposition from OLA Girls Senior High School from the Ahafo Region, and Techiman Senior High School from the Bono East Region.
The competition was sponsored by the Volta River Authority (VRA) and broadcast live on GTV and a Sunyani-based radio station, Nimdee FM.
The Chairman of the 60th Anniversary Committee, Professor Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi, said at the launch of the anniversary in Sunyani that to preserve the history of the erstwhile region, the chiefs had decided to construct an ultra-modern cultural museum at the Sunyani Technical University (STU).
The Chairman, who heads a nine-member anniversary planning committee, said the cultural museum would remind the people of the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions and the public of their heritage.
That, according to Prof. Ameyaw-Akumfi, would help maintain the great history and culture bequeathed them by the founders of the former region.
Prof. Ameyaw-Akumfi, a former minister in the erstwhile Kufuor administration, said the commemoration of the anniversary was also to show appreciation to the life and works of their forebears, and for the current generation to look back and know how far they had come.
He said the anniversary was being used to adopt strategies to make the aspirations of the new regions a reality.
“In essence, the celebration is to highlight the achievements of Brong-Ahafo @ 60, and coincidentally, when the region was divided into three, and to draw lessons that will propel our progress as we start life as new regions,” Prof. Ameyaw-Akumfi said at the time.
Throwing light on the theme for the anniversary, Prof. Ameyaw-Akumfi explained that even though the Brong-Ahafo Region is no more, the ties that bound the people are still intact.
“Even in separation, our long-cherished unity remains undisturbed, and we still need to promote the development of the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions, and the nation as a whole,” he said.
Speaking to The Chronicle, Executive Director of Abibrem Communications, organisers of the anniversary, Nana Agyei-Kodie Anane-Agyei, called on the public, including corporate organisations and institutions, to support the development of the region.
He announced that Abibrem Communications would, on Friday, November 8, launch a new book: “Ahafo and Bono Regions In Historical Perspective: a story of the people in the centre of the world.”
According to Anane-Agyei, the author, the book takes a deep look at the history of the two regions with a cultural lens, and would serve as a most important reference for both academic and social purposes.