…..Emeritus Prof. J.H. Kwabena Nketia’s works to be digitized.

His Excellency the president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo, yesterday at the banquet hall of the State House, praised the African University College of Communications for organizing the 96th birthday and fund raising celebration of world renowned Ghanaian legend Emeritus Professor J.H. Kwabena Nketia. The president congratulated the Professor on his exemplary achievements and said that “applying local knowledge to foreign ones is what Ghana needs in this era of globalization”. He praised the Professor for making Ghana proud as “his work in the field of music has been globally acknowledged”.

The president added that Emeritus Prof. Nketia’s refusal to abandon his culture and remain steadfast is what “gave us our cultural capital to fortify our heritage”. President Akufo – Addo was also delighted in the fact that education played an important role in the development of the Ghanaian legendary composer’s success, as he said that “educations is the equalizer of opportunity” and “an educated workforce is our surest bet to ensuring the progress of our nation”. He added that this was the rationale behind the ‘free s.h.s’ policy and that the policy will give the children of Ghana a chance at experiencing a bright future. The president once again applauded the efforts of the African University College of Communications (AUCC) for taking the initiative.

The director of the Kwabena Nketia Centre for Africana Studies at the African University College of Communications, Professor Kwabena Akurang – Parry, emphasized the need and urgency to immortalize such creative indigenous Ghanaian works. He said the extinction of such works will be detrimental to the nation; “if we fail, we shall become cultural orphans” he explained. He therefore implored the audience, as it was the wish of the Professor, to “move from the book shelves to the streets to empower people”. It is therefore in this light that the Kwabena Nketia Centre for Africana Studies at the African University College of Communications seeks to digitize all the literary works of the Ghanaian iconic composer into a well managed online library available to the public. He explained that the funds accrued will also be used to expand and improve the centre. Professor Kwabena Akurang – Parry assured the audience that the funds raised at the event would be channelled to implementing the project.

Prof. Akurang – Parry described the Ghanaian legendary composer as a “watershed of limitless African possibilities” and said that his works “shatters the notion of cultural bankruptcy” in Ghana.

Emeritus Professor Kwabena Nketia was very pleased with the event and thankful to all who attended and the organizers. He ended advising all Ghanaians saying “developing our own should be our goal”.

Other special guests and speakers at the function were former president of Ghana, J.J. Rawlings, Omanhene of New Juaben traditional area: Daasebre Nana Oti Boateng, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, Prof. Kofi Asare Opoku, Dr. G.Koryoe Anim – Wright – President (AUCC), Mr Frank Adu (C.E.O – CAL Bank), Esi Yankah, Frank Amewuga (Head of Liberal Arts – AUCC) amongst other dignitaries.

Emeritus Prof. J.H. Kwabena Nketia is the composer of 80 classical African music albums and has written over 1000 archival files and field notes on Ghanaian culture.

Jerry Wonder

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